Early Adversity and Severe Events: Sensitizing Factors for Depression

Master's Thesis


Examining the contribution of early adversity and current life stress to recurrent depression. Consistent with the kindling hypothesis (Post, 1992), stressful life events were found to be more important for first lifetime episodes of depression than for recurrent episodes. Results also indicate a stress sensitization model in which individuals who have experienced early adversity display a greater personal history of depression than individuals who have not experienced early adversity.


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  • etd-04182008-140204

Author Heather L. Holleman
Advisor Dr. Scott Monroe
Contributor Dr. Jerry Haeffel , Committee Member
Contributor Dr. Cindy Bergeman, Committee Member
Contributor Dr. Scott Monroe, Committee Chair
Degree Level Master's Thesis
Degree Discipline Psychology
Degree Name MA
Defense Date
  • 2008-04-10

Submission Date 2008-04-18
  • United States of America

  • early adversity

  • stress

  • depression

  • stress sensitization

  • abuse

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

Record Visibility Public
Content License
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