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Parental Characteristics in Relation to Depressive Disorders

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 January 2018

Gordon Parker*
School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Kensington, N.S.W. 2033, Australia


Using a reliable and valid measure of reported parental care and overprotection (the Parental Bonding Instrument) patients with two types of depressive disorder were compared with a control group, and the relationships to depressive experience examined in a non-clinical group as well. Bipolar manic-depressive patients scored like controls whereas neurotic depressives reported less parental care and greater maternal overprotection. Depressive experience in the non-clinical group was negatively associated with low parental care and weakly associated with parental overprotection.

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Copyright © Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1979 

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