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Family and extrafamily resources and the 10-year course of treated depression.

Moos RH, Cronkite RC, Moos BS. Family and extrafamily resources and the 10-year course of treated depression. Journal of abnormal psychology. 1998 Aug 1; 107(3):450-60.

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A group of 313 depressed patients and 284 controls was assessed at baseline (treatment intake for the patients) and at 1-year, 4-year, and 10-year follow-ups. Stably remitted patients achieved levels of family and extrafamily resources that were comparable with those of the controls. Although partially remitted and nonremitted patients' social resources improved, they continued to show deficits in these areas relative to controls and stably remitted patients. Several indexes of social resources predicted stable remission: more family independence, fewer family arguments and less conflict, and more helpful friends and activities with friends. Assessment of social resources at treatment intake and short-term follow-ups can help identify and provide intervention foci for patients at risk for nonremission of depression.

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