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Self-esteem and self-disgust both mediate the relationship between dysfunctional cognitions and depressive symptoms

Simpson, J. and Hillman, R. and Crawford, T. and Overton, P. G. (2010) Self-esteem and self-disgust both mediate the relationship between dysfunctional cognitions and depressive symptoms. Motivation and emotion, 34 (4). pp. 399-406. ISSN 0146-7239

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Abstract

Previous research indicates that self-disgust partially mediates the relationship between dysfunctional cognitions and depression. However, as self-disgust is only a partial mediator, other variables are also likely to mediate this relationship. One potential variable is self-esteem, which has consistently been linked to depression in the literature. Hence, the current study aimed to examine whether self-disgust and self-esteem both mediate the relationship between dysfunctional cognitions and depression. Measures of self-disgust, self-esteem, dysfunctional cognitions and depression were completed by a non clinical sample of 120 participants. Self-disgust and self-esteem were found to be conceptually distinct constructs and both constructs were found to be partial mediators of the relationship between dysfunctional cognitions and depression: a finding which generalised across two measures of depression. The important mediational role of emotions in the development of depression needs to be taken into account in therapeutic practice.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Motivation and emotion
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dysfunctional cognitions ; Mediator analysis ; Depression ; Self-disgust ; Self-esteem
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 54505
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 24 May 2012 14:14
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 15:23
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54505

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