This 8 page paper reviews and critiques an article that assesses the role of autobiographical memories in predicting vulnerability in depressive patients. The paper looks at the hypothesis, methodology, analysis and results before discussing the results in a broader context. The bibliography cites 6 sources.
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be better tailored to meet the needs of the patient. One area of study has been the way in which autobiographical memories may be seen as a marker of future
vulnerability. The article by Brittlebank (et al, 1993) entitled Autobiographical Memory in Depression: State or Trait Marker, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry has been an important article and
subsequent research has proven the findings to be accurate and replicable (Peeters, 2002). This indicates the article is one worth of review due to the level of research and contribution
is has made and the subsequent support later research ends to these initial findings. The report made by Brittlebank et al (1993)
puts forward the hypothesis that previous measures of cognitive vulnerability lack the necessary sensitivity to gain a true and accurate insight to this phenomenon and that patients who are suffering
from depression and are at greater long term risk of the condition will have a higher level of over generalised autobiographical memories.
The paper aims to assess the ways in which depressed and suicidal patients recall autobiographical details. It is put forward that the memories will be based on more negative aspects
of their lives, this does not effect the more negative nature of their life that leads to depression. It is a reflection of the depressive state in a tangible manifestation.
The comparison to non-depressives is not the amount of negative experiences it is the way in which they are remembered. With an individual not suffering from depression positive events are
recalled quickly than negative ones, even if that individual has more negative memories than the depressed person. The methodology used by was