Metacognitive beliefs about rumination in recurrent major depression.

Papageorgiou, Costas and Wells, Adrian (2001) Metacognitive beliefs about rumination in recurrent major depression. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 8 (2). pp. 160-164. ISSN 1077-7229

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Wells and Matthews (1994, 1996) proposed that perseverative negative thinking, such as depressive rumination and anxious worry, is supported by metacognitive beliefs concerning the functions and consequences of these styles of thinking. However, to date no studies have investigated metacognitive beliefs about rumination. This study examined the presence and content of metacognitive beliefs about rumination in patients with recurrent major depression. To achieve this aim, a semistructured interview was conducted with each patient. The results showed that all patients held positive and negative beliefs about rumination. Positive beliefs appear to reflect themes concerning rumination as a coping strategy. Negative beliefs seem to reflect themes concerning uncontrollability and harm, and interpersonal and social consequences of rumination. The conceptual and clinical implications of the results are discussed.

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