Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Anger Rumination in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Karim IbrahimEmail author
  • Rebecca Jordan
  • Sonia Rowley
  • Denis G. Sukhodolsky
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102452-1


Anger rumination is a cognitive-emotional process referring to the tendency to dwell on frustrating experiences and recall past anger experiences (Sukhodolsky et al. 2001). More generally, rumination represents a maladaptive form of emotion processing that entails remaining focused on the stressor through repetitive and passive dwelling upon distress, past mistakes, regrets, and shortcomings (Nolen-Hoeksema 1991; Nolen-Hoeksema et al. 2008). Further, rumination may hinder the use of cognitive control strategies such as reappraisal and problem-solving (Nolen-Hoeksema 1991; Nolen-Hoeksema et al. 2008), most likely due to prolongation of negative affect. While rumination is shown to be associated with internalizing disorders such as anxiety and depression (Connor-Smith et al. 2000; Nolen-Hoeksema et al. 2008), rumination may also be a factor in other forms of maladaptive behaviors such as disruptive behaviors including irritability/anger and aggression (Aldao et al. 2016;...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karim Ibrahim
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rebecca Jordan
    • 1
  • Sonia Rowley
    • 1
  • Denis G. Sukhodolsky
    • 1
  1. 1.Child Study Center, Yale School of MedicineNew HavenUSA