Ruminative Thought Style and Depressed Mood

University of Western Ontario, Canada.
Journal of Clinical Psychology (Impact Factor: 2.12). 01/2009; 65(1):1-19. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.20542
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Recent research has suggested that the measure most commonly used to assess rumination, the Response Style Questionnaire (RSQ; L. D. Butler & S. Nolen-Hoeksema, 1994), may be heavily biased by depressive symptoms, thereby restricting the scope of research exploring this construct. This article offers a broader conceptualization of rumination, which includes positive, negative, and neutral thoughts as well as past and future-oriented thoughts. The first two studies describe the development and evaluation of the Ruminative Thought Style Questionnaire (RTS), a psychometrically sound measure of the general tendency to ruminate. Further, the scale is comprised of a single factor and shows high internal consistency, suggesting that rumination does encompasses the factors mentioned. The final study involved a longitudinal diary investigation of rumination and mood over time. Results suggest that the RTS assesses a related, but separate, construct than does the RSQ. RTS scores predicted future depressed mood beyond the variance accounted for by initial depressed mood whereas RSQ scores did not. The implications of these results and directions for future research are discussed.

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    • "Likewise, rumination, a repetitive, recurrent, intrusive and uncontrollable thinking style (Brinker & Dozois, 2009) exacerbates and prolongs emotions (Nolen-Hoeksema, 1991; Nolen- Hoeksema, Wisco, & Lyubomirsky, 2008). Rumination is associated with the development and duration of depressive episodes (Nolen-Hoeksema et al., 2008), is related to general anxiety (Nolen-Hoeksema et al., 2008) and may be associated with stressful life events (Abela, Hankin, Sheshko, Fishman & Stolow, 2012). "
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    • "Rumination Rumination was assessed using the 20-item Ruminative Thought Style Questionnaire (RTSQ; Brinker, and Dozois 2009) measured on a 7-point response scale (1=not all descriptive of me, 7=describes me very well). Example items include, BI find than my mind often goes over things again and again^ and BWhen I am looking forward to an exciting event, thoughts of it interfere with what I am working on^ (α=.96). "
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    • "trolling for baseline depression, the RTSQ predicted later negative mood, but the RRS did not (Brinker & Dozois, 2009). The authors of that study suggested the RRS and the Beck Depression Inventory—II (BDI–II; Beck, Steer, & Brown, 1996) shared similar variance if they both assessed depressive symptoms. "
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