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Title: Goal beliefs, daily hassles and rumination in depression
Author: McIntosh, Emily
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2006
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Goal linking is the tendency to link achievement or failure of low level goals (e.g. weight loss) with achievement or failure of higher level goals (e.g. happiness). This study explored whether people with major depression respond to daily hassles with rumination, as a function of their tendency to goal link, as previously observed by McIntosh and Martin (1992, 1995) in students with lower mood. A between subjects design facilitated assessment of goal linking, rumination, daily hassles and life events, using self-report measures in interview, with 22 adults with major depression, compared with samples of 25 adults with other psychological difficulties and 23 adults with no depression history. Participants with major depression reported significantly greater rumination, goal linking and daily hassles than both comparison groups, and greater impact of more major life events, than never depressed controls. Rumination was found to be more strongly related to group differences in major depression than goal linking. Primary findings support some role for goal linking in depressive rumination. However, while participants with major depression responded to daily hassles with rumination, it was not as a function of their tendency to goal link. Results tentatively suggest that linking is a consequence of rumination rather than a cause.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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