Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 305–314

Cognitive problem-solving and life event correlates of depressive symptoms in children

  • Larry L. Mullins
  • Lawrence J. Siegel
  • Kay Hodges

DOI: 10.1007/BF00910650

Cite this article as:
Mullins, L.L., Siegel, L.J. & Hodges, K. J Abnorm Child Psychol (1985) 13: 305. doi:10.1007/BF00910650


This study examined the relationship between a number of cognitive problem-solving and life event variables and depressive symptoms in a sample of non-referred grade school children. The results indicated that higher levels of depressive symptoms were associated with an external locus of control, increased levels of objective and subjective life stress, and lower performance levels on an impersonal problem-solving task. Level of depressive symptoms was also found to be inversely related to socioeconomic status as measured by father's occupation. Contrary to prediction, no consistent relationship was found between depression and interpersonal problem-solving ability.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Larry L. Mullins
    • 3
  • Lawrence J. Siegel
    • 1
  • Kay Hodges
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Texas Medical Branch-GalvestonUSA
  2. 2.University of Missouri Medical Center-Columbia and Mid-Missouri Mental Health CenterUSA
  3. 3.Rehabilitation Institute of OklahomaOklahoma City