Cognitive Therapy and Research

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 333–342 | Cite as

Rumination and Excessive Reassurance-Seeking in Depression: A Cognitive–Interpersonal Integration

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The purpose of this study was to conduct a preliminary investigation into the cross-sectional associations between depression, rumination, and excessive reassurance-seeking. Guided by conceptual linkages between these variables, ruminative response style was examined as both a potential moderator and as a potential mediator of the association between depressive symptoms and excessive reassurance-seeking in a sample of undergraduate students (N=244). Results from this investigation suggest that rumination mediates, but does not moderate, the association between depression and excessive reassurance-seeking. Findings are discussed within the context of integrating cognitive and interpersonal perspectives within the study of depression.

depression rumination reassurance-seeking 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Colorado at BoulderBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Psychosocial Research ProgramBrown University School of Medicine and Butler HospitalProvidenceUSA

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