Cue-evoked positive affect, depression vulnerability and smoking years

Dennis E. McChargue, Neal Doran

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Objectives: To evaluate whether cue-evoked affective response would moderate the relationship between depression-proneness and smoking years. Methods: Depression-proneness profiles were derived using clinician diagnosed personal and family histories of major depression, recurrent depression, trait-anhedonia, and ruminative coping styles (n=70). Affective distress was produced by idiographic, guided negative mood imageries in the presence of an in vivo cigarette exposure. Results: Contrary to expectations, results showed that individuals less vulnerable to depression reported longer smoking histories. Stressinduced decreases in positive affect bolstered the association between depression vulnerability and smoking years. Conclusion: Depression-proneness assumptions are challenged and implications to affective influences on smoking behavior are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-57
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009


  • Affect
  • Depression
  • Smoking
  • Vulnerability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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