Familial subtypes of depression: a longitudinal perspective

Elizabeth M. Smith, Carol S North

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An 11-year follow-up of depressed women systematically interviewed and classified by familial subtypes during hospitalization tended to confirm findings of a gradation in severity of illness with depressive spectrum disease being a milder form. Depressive spectrum subjects had shorter subsequent episodes of depression than the other depressives and were less likely to require hospitalization for depression. Depressive spectrum subjects were at greater risk than the others for the development of alcoholism and they experienced more social maladjustment, which suggests implications for treatment strategies and future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-154
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of affective disorders
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1988


  • Depression
  • Depressive spectrum disease
  • Familial subtypes
  • Longitudinal study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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