A Meta-Analysis of Correlations Between Depression and First Person Singular Pronoun Use
Journal of Research in Personality
Depression is a burden. We discuss how theories, identification, assessment, and treatment of depression are at least partially tied to the correlation between first person singular pronoun use and individual differences in depression. We conducted a meta-analysis (k = 21, N = 3758) of these correlations, including numerous unpublished correlations from the file drawer. Our fixed effects analysis revealed a small correlation (r = 0.13, 95% CI = [0.10–0.16]) by modern standards. The correlation was not moderated by gender, nor by whether the effect had been published. These results more firmly establish first person singular pronoun use as a linguistic marker of depression—a marker that appears to be useful across demographic lines.
Edwards, To'Meisha, Nicholas S. Holtzman.
"A Meta-Analysis of Correlations Between Depression and First Person Singular Pronoun Use."
Journal of Research in Personality, 68: 63-68.
doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2017.02.005 source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0092656616302884?via%3Dihub