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Explanatory Style - Gregory McClellan Buchanan

Paperback Published: 1st February 1995
ISBN: 9780805817898
Number Of Pages: 314

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This is the first work to condense the large literature on explanatory style -- one's tendency to offer similar sorts of explanations for different events. This cognitive variable has been related to psychopathology, physical health, achievement and success. Compiled by experts in the fields of depression, anxiety, psychoneuroimmunology and motivation, this volume details our current level of understanding, outlines gaps in our knowledge, and discusses the future directions of the field.
Data from a vast number of studies are presented, including results from studies not previously reported. Coverage includes sections on cross-cultural comparisons, life-span and development issues, and gender differences; and an extensive description of the measurement of explanatory style offering questionnaire and content-analysis methods for children, college populations and adults. This work is thus a valuable tool for anyone involved in research on the etiology and treatment of depression, cognitive therapy, motivation and emotion, and the link between physical and psychological well-being.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Explanatory Style: History and Evolution of the Fieldp. 1
The Measurement of Explanator Stylep. 21
The Origins of Explanatory Style: Trust as A Determinant of Optimism and Pessimismp. 49
Acknowledgmentp. 55
Explanatory Style and Achievement, Depression, and Gender Differences in Childhood and Early Adolescencep. 57
The Role of Causal Attributions in the Prediction of Depressionp. 71
Explanatory Style in the Treatment of Depressionp. 99
Hopelessness Depressionp. 113
Acknowledgmentsp. 134
Explanatory Style in Anxiety and Depressionp. 135
Explanatory Style and Achievement in School and Workp. 159
Sports and Explanatory Stylep. 173
Pessimistic Rumination in American Politics and Societyp. 187
Explanatory Style in the Context of Culturep. 209
Explanatory Style and Coronary Heart Diseasep. 225
Explanatory Style and Healthp. 233
Afterword: the Future of the Fieldp. 247
Referencesp. 253
Author Indexp. 281
Subject Indexp. 293
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ISBN: 9780805817898
ISBN-10: 0805817891
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 314
Published: 1st February 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 16.66  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1

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Martin E. P. Seligman

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Commonly known as the founder of Positive Psychology, Martin Seligman is a leading authority in the fields of Positive Psychology, resilience, learned helplessness, depression, optimism and pessimism. He is also a recognized authority on interventions that prevent depression, and build strengths and well-being. 

He has written more than 250 scholarly publications and 20 books. Dr. Seligman's books have been translated into more than twenty languages and have been best sellers both in America and abroad. Among his better-known works are Flourish, Authentic Happiness, Learned Optimism, The Optimistic Child, Helplessness, and Abnormal Psychology. In 1998, Dr. Seligman was elected President of the American Psychological Association.

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