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Title: Cognitive flexibility amongst angry ruminators and the effects of angry rumination on interpersonal problem solving
Author: Finnigan, E.
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2006
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The thesis is comprised of three parts: the literature review, the empirical paper, and the critical appraisal. The first part, the literature review, explores whether the theory and research relating to depressive rumination can be applied to angry rumination. In particular, it asks whether angry rumination functions in the same way as depressive rumination, and whether it leads to the same negative consequences that have been found for depressive rumination. In order to explore these questions, the main research findings and theoretical accounts relating to depressive rumination are reviewed. Also, theory that suggests a similar, as well as a different, role for angry and depressive rumination is presented, and the small amount of experimental research that has been conducted on angry rumination is reviewed and discussed in light of this theory. The second part, the empirical paper, goes on to investigate whether the findings from two areas of the depressive rumination literature can be applied to angry rumination. More specifically, as depressive rumination has been found to be associated with an inflexible and perseverative cognitive style and lead to impairments in interpersonal problem solving, the empirical paper examines whether this is also true of angry rumination. Finally, the third part, the critical appraisal, explores the methodological and conceptual issues encountered during the process of conducting the research project. It focuses primarily on the difficulties involved in inducing anger and rumination, and measuring interpersonal problem solving. It also includes a reflection on what could have been done differently.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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