International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy
  

Volume 22 Num. 2 - June 2022

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Repetitive Negative Thinking, Rumination, Depressive Symptoms and Life Satisfaction: A cross-sectional mediation analysis

Volume 22 Num. 2 - June 2022 - Pages 211-221

Authors:

Peixoto, Maria Manuela , Cunha, Olga

Abstract:

Depression negatively affects life satisfaction, and rumination is a major feature of depression. As a transdiagnostic process, Repetitive negative thinking (RNT) includes rumination and other repetitive and persistent thoughts. The study examines differences in rumination, RNT, and life satisfaction according to the severity of depressive symptoms and investigate the role of rumination and RNT as mediator variables in the association between depressive symptomatology and life satisfaction. An online sample of 432 participants completed a set of self-report measures. The findings suggest that rumination and RNT increase with the severity of depressive symptom. RNT was a mediator variable in the association between depressive symptomatology and life satisfaction beyond the mediating role of rumination. Overall, the current results highlight the central role of RNT in the relationship between depressive symptomatology and well-being by promoting a broader transdiagnostic process as RNT compared to rumination in depressive symptomatology.

How to cite this paper:
Peixoto MM & Cunha O (2022). Repetitive Negative Thinking, Rumination, Depressive Symptoms and Life Satisfaction: A cross-sectional mediation analysis. International Journal of Psychology & Psychological Therapy, 22, 2, 211-221

Key words:

depressive symptoms; life satisfaction; mediation; repetitive negative thinking; rumination

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