Joan Girgus

Joan Girgus
Emeritus Faculty
523 Peretsman Scully Hall
Ph.D., The Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Science
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I am interested in developmental and gender issues in depression, helplessness, self-esteem, achievement, and coping strategies. Recently, I have become interested in personality differences that appear to be responsible for systematic variations in the ways that individuals react to social feedback.

Representative Publications

Nolen-Hoeksema, S., Girgus, J. S., and Seligman, M. E. P. (1986). Learned helplessness in children: A longitudinal study of depression, achievement, and explanatory style. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 51, 435-442.Nolen-Hoeksema, S., Girgus, J. S., and Seligman, M. E. P. (1991). Sex differences in depression and related factors in children. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 20, 231-243.

Nolen-Hoeksema, S., Girgus, J. S., and Seligman, M. E. P. (1992). Predictors and consequences childhood depressive symptoms: A 5-year longitudinal study. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 101, 405-422.

Nolen-Hoeksema, S. and Girgus, J. S. (1994). The emergence of gender differences in depression during adolescence. Psychological Bulletin, 115, 424-443.

Nolen-Hoeksema, S. and Girgus, J.S. (1994) Achievement, depression, and gender differences in children and adolescents. In Explanatory Style. Buchanan, G. and Seligman, M.E.P. (eds.). Hillsdale, N.J.: Erlbaum Publishing Co.

Girgus, J. S. and Nolen-Hoeksema, S. (1995, August). How do learned helplessness and depression affect academic achievement? Paper presented at the meetings of the American Psychological Association.