Lay theories of causes of and cures for depression in a Turkish university sample

Okan Cem Cirakoglu1, Dogan Kokdemir1, Kursad Demirutku1
1Baskent University, Turkey
Cite this article:  Cem Cirakoglu, O., Kokdemir, D., & Demirutku, K. (2003). Lay theories of causes of and cures for depression in a Turkish university sample. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 31, 795-806.

Volume 31 Issue 8 | e1294 | Published: December 2003 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2003.31.8.795

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This paper reports a study on university students' attributions for the causes of and cures for depression, conducted in a Turkish sample. Results revealed 6 components for causes, which were trauma, job-related problems, loss, disposition, intimacy, and isolation. 7 components were found for cures, which were hobby, sensation seeking, avoidance, professional help, religious practices, esteem, and spiritual activities. Men rated religious practices as more useful than women did. No other differences pertaining to gender or previous contact were found. Results are discussed together with the limitations of the study.


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