Social Relationships and the Onset of Depressive Disorders: The Limitations of Social Variables for Aetiological Research

  • A. S. Henderson


Psychiatric epidemiology, in its search for aetiological clues, has lent heavily on notions taken from sociological theory, though there is little evidence that this has been to its benefit. It has moved from an elementary level, where differences in prevalence were described between coarse sociodemographic groups, to analytic epidemiology where the immediate goal has been to identify risk factors.


Social Support Social Variable Parental Death Maternal Deprivation Psychological Medicine 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. S. Henderson
    • 1
  1. 1.NH&MRC Social Psychiatry Research UnitThe Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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