Cognitive self-regulation factors and depression: The relationships among expectancies, standards, accuracy, and mood

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

First Committee Member

Charles S. Carver, Committee Chair


Subjects determined to be depressed or nondepressed based upon their responses on the Beck Depression Inventory were asked to make a number of judgments regarding their performance on their first psychology exam. Judgments included predictions of own and others' performances, goals, and attributions for test performance. Predictions were compared with actual achievement levels as well as grade-point-average to determine the accuracy of the two groups. Consistent with previous research it was expected that depressed subjects would be found to have lower expectations, similar standards for performance, and higher levels of predictive accuracy compared with nondepressed subjects in this field design study. Depressed subjects' expectancies tended to be lower but not more accurate than those of nondepressed subjects. These findings will be addressed to a discussion of the validity and generalizability of previous depressive realism findings.


Education, Educational Psychology; Psychology, Clinical

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