Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Christopher L. Heavey
Number of Pages
This study explored the inner experience of people with depression using the Descriptive Experience Sampling method. Participants were screened with the SCL-90-R and then selected for the depression group or the control group. Participants were asked to complete the BDI-II and the VAS as pre-test and posttest measures. Participants used the Descriptive Experience Sampling method, which entails random cueing by a beeping device and recording of inner experiences including thoughts, images, and feelings. Samples were discussed thoroughly by the participants and the researchers. Summaries of the samples were then coded for prominent characteristics. The most frequent codes for the depression group were feelings, sensory awareness, and unsymbolized thinKing The most frequent codes for the control group were feelings, images, and sensory awareness. The depression group also tended to have more experiences per sample overall than the control group.
Depression; Experience; Exploration; Inner
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Perlotto, Carla Nanette, "An exploration of the inner experience of depression" (2001). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1336.