September 1983

Coping and Depression-Reply

Author Affiliations

Professorial Unit University of New South Wales PO Box 1 Rozelle, 2039 New South Wales Australia

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1983;40(9):1032-1033. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1983.01790080114017

In Reply.—  Dr Stone provided a thoughtful commentary on our article. While we agreed with some of his points, others deserve a reply. His basic comments concerned the meaning of the target situations we used to elicit coping responses, the way such meanings can be confounded by a depressed mood, and thus the validity of our antidepressive behavior measurement (ABM).It was suggested that the therapy our patients received may have caused their coping scores to change. This interpretation assumes that the ABM assesses state functioning, rather than being influenced by it. But the ABM requires subjects to relate their judgments to a time when they faced defined situations, and our depressed patients were asked to respond to those standard instructions, first when they were depressed and later when they were no longer depressed. Thus we were not attempting to assess current functioning. Dr Stone's interpretation also assumed that the ABM is

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