Volume 11, Issue 2 (8-2005)                   IJPCP 2005, 11(2): 204-211 | Back to browse issues page

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Naziry ل, Ghasemzadeh H, Atefvahid M K, Bayanzadeh A. Introducing Semantic Differentiation Technique and Its Application in Assessment of Semantic Representation of Depressed Patients. IJPCP. 2005; 11 (2) :204-211
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Introduction: The aim of this study was to assess the semantic representation of depressed patients and also the efficacy of semantic differentiation technique for this kind of assessment.

Method: Subjects (30 depressed  and 30 non- depressed persons) were selected through convenient sampling. The instruments used included a modified version of a semantic differentiation task, whichembodied four stimulus concepts of me, past, life and future, and Beck’s Depression Inventory. Data were analyzed using descriptive methods, t-test, Pearson’s correlation coefficient, and regression analysis.

Results: There was a significant difference in the total semantic differentiation scores between dep-ressed and normal subjects.There was a positive correlation between the severity of depression and negative semantic representation. Negative representation of the concept “me” was the strongest predictor of depression.

Conclusion: Depressed patients have a negative meaning representation of life, past, future, and inparticular self that must be addressed by the therapists. The semantic differentiation technique is effective for clinical assessments.

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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: General
Received: 2007/02/19

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