Award Date

1-1-2001

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

First Committee Member

Christopher L. Heavey

Number of Pages

113

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Depression; Experience; Exploration; Inner

Controlled Subject

Clinical psychology

File Format

pdf

File Size

3112.96 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/i9wl-fvaf


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