Positive an Negative Affectivity and Their Relation to Anxiety and Depressive Disorders

Journal of Abnormal Psychology (Impact Factor: 5.15). 09/1988; 97(3):346-53. DOI: 10.1037/0021-843X.97.3.346
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Distinguishing between depression and anxiety has been a matter of concern and controversy for some time. Studies in normal samples have suggested, however, that assessment of two broad mood factors—Negative Affect (NA) and Positive Affect (PA)—may improve their differentiation. The present study extends these findings to a clinical sample. As part of an ongoing twin study, 90 inpatient probands and 60 cotwins were interviewed with the anxiety and depression sections of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule (DIS; Robins, Helzer, Croughan, & Ratcliff, 1981). Respondents also completed trait NA and PA scales. Consistent with previous research, NA was broadly correlated with symptoms and diagnoses of both anxiety and depression, and acted as a general predictor of psychiatric disorder. In contrast, PA was consistently related (negatively) only to symptoms and diagnoses of depression, indicating that the loss of pleasurable engagement is a distinctive feature of depression. The results suggest that strengthening the PA component in depression measures may enhance their discriminative power.

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    • "Participants answered a demographic questionnaire, the three questionnaires for the assessment of CI (TMS, Kiesswetter et al. 1999; CSS-SHR, Nordin et al. 2004; negOAS, Smeets et al. 2008), the trait version of the Negative and Positive Affect Schedule (PANAS, Watson et al. 1988), the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10, Cohen et al. 1983), and the Somatic Symptom Severity Scale of the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-15, Kroenke et al. 2002). Presentation order of questionnaires in the Internet-based survey was randomized over participants. "
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    • "For example, positive and negative life events are associated with increases in positive affect and negative affect respectively [34]. From the abnormal psychology literature, depression has historically been conceptualized as an affectively complex syndrome that is best differentiated from anxiety by assessing for the presence of low positive affect, or anhedonia [35,36]. This conceptualization was extended by the 'tripartite model', which conceptualized depression and anxiety using a three-factor model of nonspecific-general distress, low positive affect, and somatic arousal [37]. "
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    • "However, correlation coefficients of -0.51 at T1 and -0.53 at T2 showed some degree of independency. While depression has exhibited negative associations with positive affectivity as a trait, studies have reported no relationship of positive affectivity with anxiety (e.g. [63]). The present measure of mental distress (HSCL-10) captures symptoms of depression and anxiety [18, 19, 34] , and has been suggested to be a measure of general psychological distress more than reflecting discriminate subscales of depression and anxiety [34, 64]. "
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