Assessing posttraumatic cognitive processes: the Event Related Rumination Inventory

Department of Psychology and the Interdisciplinary Health Psychology Doctoral Program, University of North Carolina Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 28223, USA.
Anxiety, stress, and coping (Impact Factor: 1.55). 11/2010; 24(2):137-56. DOI: 10.1080/10615806.2010.529901
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Cognitive processes in the aftermath of experiencing a major life stressor play an important role in the impact of the event on the person. Intrusive thoughts about the event are likely to be associated with continued distress, while deliberate rumination, aimed at understanding and problem-solving, should be predictive of posttraumatic growth (PTG). The Event Related Rumination Inventory (ERRI), designed to measure these two styles of rumination, is described and validation information is provided. Using a college student sample screened for having experienced highly stressful life events, data were obtained (N=323) to conduct an exploratory factor analysis that supported the two factors of the ERRI. Separate confirmatory factor analyses (CFA) on two additional samples (Ns=186 and 400) supported a two-factor model. The two ERRI factors were validated by comparison with related variables and by assessing their contributions to predicting distress and PTG in two samples (Ns=198 and 202) that had been combined to conduct the second CFA. Data indicate the ERRI has solid psychometric properties, captures variance not measured by stable differences in cognitive styles, and the separate factors are related to posttraumatic distress and growth as predicted by existing models of PTG.

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    • " se requires a long - term cognitive elaboration , therefore , rumination flows as a cognitive processing of a learned experience ( Experiment 1 ) but is amplified following emotional experiences of high intensity ( Experiment 2 ) . An important element to consider in evaluating the present results is that we assessed rumination through the ERRI ( Cann et al . , 2011 ) , an inventory specifically aimed at measuring two dimensions , corresponding to an intrusive dimension and a deliberate dimension . In Experiment 1 , the rates of intrusive rumination decreased over time for both Verbal and Visuospatial conditions . On the other hand , the rates of deliberate rumination were found to decrease only fo"
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    ABSTRACT: In the present paper we aimed to show that competition for resources between post-emotional processes and the execution of a cognitive task will result in two possible effects: (1) an impairment of the cognitive task in the short run and (2) an elongation of intrusions and rumination in the long run. The outcome of this competition is influenced by the interaction of the modality (verbal vs. visuospatial) of cognitive tasks run in the aftermath of an emotional experience and the nature (verbal vs. visuospatial) of the same experience. Non-clinical participants were given a working memory task (OSPAN vs. an analog Visual task) before and after the presentation of negative vs. neutral material (a novel excerpt in Experiment 1 and a video clip in Experiment 2). Intrusions and rumination were measured after a 24-h delay. Rumination was also assessed immediately after the experimental induction. Results showed that exposure to verbal negative material impaired verbal performance (Experiment 1); by contrast, exposure to visual negative material impaired both verbal and visuospatial performance (Experiment 2). Intrusions were only affected by the emotional valence of the original experience, while performing a visuospatial task resulted in enhanced rumination only after exposure to verbal emotional material. The findings of both experiments suggest that emotional processing spreads over time in balance with ongoing cognitive activities, and, in such a balance, the visuospatial processing mode tends to prevail over verbal engagements.
    Frontiers in Psychology 09/2015; 6. DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01275 · 2.80 Impact Factor
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    • "1.3.2. Deliberate rumination The DR subscale of Event Related Rumination Inventory (ERRI) was used (Cann et al., 2011 "
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to test a cognitive model of posttraumatic symptoms (PTS) and posttraumatic growth (PTG) after exposure to a natural disaster. It was hypothesized that although subjective severity of trauma would be related to the severity of PTS, this relation would be mediated by brooding and cognitive strategies related to the presence of repetitive negative content in thoughts. Furthermore, the relation between severity and PTG would be fully mediated by deliberate rumination (DR), cognitive strategies related to conscious efforts focused on handling the event. To evaluate the cognitive model, adults (N=351) who lost their homes as a result of the earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Chile on February 27, 2010, were selected. Structural equation modeling was used to analyze the data. The resulting model had adequate indices of goodness adjustment and showed that brooding completely mediated the relation between subjective severity and PTS, and DR completely mediated the relation between subjective severity, brooding, and PTG. These results highlight the role of both the content and process of rumination in mediating the association between subjective severity of trauma, PTS, and PTG. The implications of these results for a more comprehensive model of symptom severity that occurs after trauma are discussed.
    European Journal of Psychotraumatology 07/2015; 6:26557. DOI:10.3402/ejpt.v6.26557 · 2.40 Impact Factor
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    • "Para su validación original se utilizó una muestra de estudiantes universitarios (N = 323), seleccionados por haber experimentado acontecimientos vitales muy estresantes. Cann et al. (2011) encontraron una alta consistencia interna en la subescala de rumiación intrusiva (α = 0.94) y deliberada (α = 0.88). Se realizó un análisis factorial exploratorio en el presente estudio para evaluar su validez de constructo, encontrando los dos factores propuestos por los autores, pero reduciendo la escala a 10 ítems. "
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