Excessive reassurance seeking as a mediator of sociotropy and negative interpersonal life events.
Birgenheir, D.~~Pepper, C.~~Johns, M.
The Interpersonal Theory of Depression suggests that depressed individuals have behavioral patterns that alienate people in their environment, thereby reducing social support and maintaining their depression. Excessive reassurance seeking has been implicated as such a behavior. A model was tested in which excessive reassurance seeking mediates the relationships between sociotropy and increases in negative interpersonal life events as well as sociotropy and depressive symptoms.