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Marked differences in core beliefs about self and others, between sociotropy and autonomy: personality vulnerabilities in the cognitive model of depression

Authors Otani K, Suzuki A, Matsumoto Y, Shirata T

Received 4 January 2018

Accepted for publication 23 February 2018

Published 27 March 2018 Volume 2018:14 Pages 863—866


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Taro Kishi

Koichi Otani, Akihito Suzuki, Yoshihiko Matsumoto, Toshinori Shirata

Department of Psychiatry, Yamagata University School of Medicine, Yamagata, Japan

Objective: The cognitive model of depression posits two distinctive personality vulnerabilities termed sociotropy and autonomy, each of which is composed of a cluster of maladaptive self-schemas. It is postulated that negative core beliefs about self underlie maladaptive self-schemas as a whole, whereas those about others may be implicated in the autonomous self-schemas. Therefore, the present study examined the relations of sociotropy and autonomy with core beliefs about self and others.
Methods: The sample of this study consisted of 321 healthy Japanese volunteers. Sociotropy and autonomy were evaluated by the corresponding subscales of the Sociotropy–Autonomy Scale. Core beliefs about self and others were assessed by the negative-self, positive-self, negative-other and positive-other subscales of the Brief Core Schema Scales.
Results: In the forced multiple regression analysis, sociotropy scores were correlated with negative-self scores (β = 0.389, P < 0.001). Meanwhile, autonomy scores were correlated with positive-self scores (β = 0.199, P < 0.01) and negative-other scores (β = 0.191, P < 0.01).
Conclusion: The present study suggests marked differences in core beliefs about self and others between sociotropy and autonomy, further contrasting the two personality vulnerabilities to depression.

Keywords: sociotropy, autonomy, core belief, self, other, personality, cognitive vulnerability

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