Year: 2013 Source: Cognitive Therapy & Research.(2010).34(2):188-195. DOI: 10.1007/s10608-009-9242-1 SIEC No: 20130944

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.