Rumination and Avoidance as Mediators of the Relationship Between Self-Compassion and Depression in Adolescents

Start, Rebecca (2015) Rumination and Avoidance as Mediators of the Relationship Between Self-Compassion and Depression in Adolescents. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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Abstract

Background
This study sought to investigate the mediating effects of rumination and cognitivebehavioural
avoidance in the relationship between self-compassion and depression
amongst adolescents.
Method
Ninety nonclinical adolescents completed self-report measures of self-compassion,
depressive symptomatology, rumination (reflection and brooding subtypes) and
cognitive-behavioural avoidance.
Results
Results showed that for the relationship between self-compassion and depression,
brooding rumination, reflective rumination and total cognitive-behavioural avoidance
emerged as significant mediators. Additionally, brooding rumination and cognitivebehavioural
avoidance were collectively found to mediate the relationship between
self-compassion and depressive symptoms.
Conclusion
These findings extend previous research from adult samples and suggest that selfcompassion
buffers against depressive symptoms by reducing unproductive repetitive
thinking and avoidant coping in adolescents. This has important implications for
promoting resilience amongst adolescents and helping both the prevention and
treatment of adolescent depression.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: Megan Ruddock
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2015 16:38
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 16:38
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/54955
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