Personality and depression in women

Thomas A. Widiger, Kristen G. Anderson

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Personality disorders and traits should be assessed in studies concerned with the etiology and treatment of depression in women. There has been a considerable amount of research concerned with the effect of personality functioning on the etiology and treatment of depression, and much of this research has concerned personality traits and disorders for which significant gender differences and issues apply. The importance of personality functioning, and the particular relevance to women and gender-related issues, is illustrated in this paper with regard to dependent personality disorder and dependent personality traits. Implications for future research on the etiology and treatment of depression in women are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-66
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2003

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This paper was written for the Summit on Women and Depression held at the Wye River Conference Center, Queenstown, MD, on October 5–7, 2000, and sponsored by the American Psychological Association in conjunction with the Bureau of Primary Health Care, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Women’s Health.


  • Depression
  • Personality disorders
  • Personality traits

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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