Preliminary Evidence for a Nexus between Rumination, Behavioural Avoidance, Motive Satisfaction and Depression

Brockmeyer, Timo; Grosse Holtforth, Martin; Krieger, Tobias; Altenstein, David; Doerig, Nadja; Zimmermann, Johannes; Backenstrass, Matthias; Friederich, Hans-Christoph; Bents, Hinrich (2014). Preliminary Evidence for a Nexus between Rumination, Behavioural Avoidance, Motive Satisfaction and Depression. Clinical psychology & psychotherapy, 22(3), pp. 232-239. Wiley-Blackwell 10.1002/cpp.1885

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The present study tested a theoretically derived link between rumination and depressive symptoms through behavioural avoidance and reduced motive satisfaction as a key aspect of positive reinforcement. Rumination, behavioural avoidance, motive satisfaction and levels of depression were assessed via self-report measures in a clinical sample of 160 patients with major depressive disorder. Path analysis-based mediation analysis was used to estimate the direct and indirect effects as proposed by the theoretical model. Operating in serial, behavioural avoidance and motive satisfaction partially mediated the association between rumination and depressive symptoms, irrespective of gender, medication and co-morbid anxiety disorders. This is the first study investigating the associations between behavioural avoidance, rumination and depression in a clinical sample of depressed patients. The findings are in line with an understanding of rumination in depression as also serving an avoidance function. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Grosse Holtforth, Martin and Krieger, Tobias

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

1063-3995

Publisher:

Wiley-Blackwell

Language:

English

Submitter:

Adriana Biaggi

Date Deposited:

07 Apr 2015 15:08

Last Modified:

31 Mar 2016 08:14

Publisher DOI:

10.1002/cpp.1885

PubMed ID:

24464405

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.66549

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/66549

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