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2017 - ICA's 67th Annual Conference Pages: unavailable || Words: unavailable || 
1. Khan, Subuhi., DeAngelo, Tessa. and Feng, Bo. "Depression Gets You or You Get Depression? The Influence of Linguistic Agency and Causality Attribution On Stigma About Depression" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ICA's 67th Annual Conference, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego, USA, May 25, 2017 Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2019-07-22 <>
Publication Type: Extended Abstract
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: In this study two language features-linguistic agency and causality- were manipulated to see their effect on stigma reduction against people suffering from depression, in an online support forum. 241 undergraduate students participated in the online experiment. Controlling for age, sex and education, preliminary results showed a reduction in avoidance and control related stigma, when viewers saw messages ascribing agency to depression and simultaneously depicting depression as biological in origin. Personality, locus of control, empathy and communication style will be analyzed as possible moderators. Preliminary findings provide promising insight communication strategies for reducing stigma against people suffering from depression.

2014 - International Communication Association 64th Annual Conference Pages: unavailable || Words: 8455 words || 
2. Tandoc, Edson Jr.., Ferrucci, Patrick. and Duffy, Margaret. "Facebook Use, Envy, and Depression Among College Students: Is Facebooking Depressing?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association 64th Annual Conference, Seattle Sheraton Hotel, Seattle, Washington, May 21, 2014 Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2019-07-22 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: It is not—unless it triggers feelings of envy. This study uses the framework of social rank theory of depression and conceptualizes Facebook envy as a possible link between Facebook surveillance use and depression among college students. Using a survey of 736 college students, we found that the effect of surveillance use of Facebook on depression is mediated by Facebook envy. However, when Facebook envy is controlled for, Facebook use actually lessens depression.

2015 - SRCD Biennial Meeting Words: 407 words || 
3. Pearson, Rebecca., Bornstein, Marc., Cordero, Miguel., Scerif, Gaia., Mahedy, Liam., Evans, Jonathon. and Stein, Alan. "The Association Between Postnatal Depression and Offspring Academic Achievement and Depressed Mood in Adolescence" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SRCD Biennial Meeting, Pennsylvania Convention Center and the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, <Not Available>. 2019-07-22 <>
Publication Type: Presentation
Abstract: Background: Executive functions are general-purpose control processes that regulate thoughts and behaviour. Executive function development in childhood is crucial to multiple outcomes including academic achievement and employment, social functioning and emotional wellbeing. Dysfunction to executive function has been implicated in both emotional and behavioural disorders as well as academic failures. Executive functions provide promising intervention targets because of evidence that they are amenable to modification in childhood.
Early material adversity has been shown to be associated with disrupted development of executive functions in childhood. However only one small study has investigated the association with a common early life stressor: maternal depression. Maternal depression is consistently associated with multiple long-term negative outcomes in the child including emotional and behavioural problems as well as poor cognitive development and academic achievement. Therefore, early disruption to executive function may provide one common mediating pathway through which postnatal maternal depression is associated with multiple outcomes. However, this has not been directly tested.

Design: We used prospective data from over 5000 parents and adolescents taking part in a large UK population-cohort (Avon-Longitudinal-Study-of-Parents-And-Children) to test associations between maternal depression in the postnatal period and executive function at age 8 assessed using established cognitive paradigms. We also estimated the extent to which any association between postnatal depression and executive function mediated associations between postnatal depression and academic achievement at the end of compulsory school aged 16 and depressed mood aged 18, using path analyses.

Results: Postnatal depression was associated with difficulties in one specific component of childhood executive function (attentional-control): children of mothers with persisting postnatal depression were 0.23 standard deviations slower (0.10 to 0.40, p = 0•001) than adolescents of non-depressed mothers in completing the attentional-control task. This association remained following adjustments for multiple confounding variables including maternal education, IQ and later maternal depression. Poorer attentional control in childhood mediated 16% (4% to 27%, p < 0•001) of the association between postnatal depression and increased risk of failing of failing in final maths exams aged 16, and 4% (1% to 8%, p=0.002) of the association between postnatal depression and depressed mood at age 18.

Conclusion: Early disruption to attentional-control abilities explained small, but significant proportions of the risks associated with postnatal depression. If this pathway is found to be causal, it would suggest that improving attentional-control in the offspring of depressed mothers could help to reduce their offspring’s risk across domains. Attentional-control capacities in childhood provide promising prevention targets because of evidence that they are modifiable.

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