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Depressive Rumination: Nature, Theory and Treatment

Costas Papageorgiou (Editor), Adrian Wells (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-471-48693-0
298 pages
November 2003
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Rumination (recyclic negative thinking), is now recognised as important in the development, maintenance and relapse of recurrence of depression. For instance, rumination has been found to elevate, perpetuate and exacerbate depressed mood, predict future episodes of depression, and delay recovery during cognitive therapy.

Cognitive therapy is one of the most effective treatments for depression. However, depressive relapse and recurrence following cognitive therapy continue to be a significant problem. An understanding of the psychological processes which contribute to relapse and recurrence may guide the development of more effective interventions.

This is a major contribution to the study and treatment of depression which reviews a large body of research on rumination and cognitive processes, in depression and related disorders, with a focus on the implications of this knowledge for treatment and clinical management of these disorders.

* First book on rumination in depressive and emotional disorders
* Contributors are the leaders in the field
* First editor is a rising researcher and clinician with specialist interest in depression, and second editor is world renowned for his work on cognitive therapy of emotional disorders
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Table of Contents

About the Editors.

List of Contributors.




1. Nature, Functions, and Beliefs about Depressive Rumination (Costas Papageorgiou and Adrian Wells).

2. The Consequences of Dysphoric Rumination (Sonja Lyubomirsky and Chris Tkach).

3. Reactive Rumination: Outcomes, Mechanisms, and Developmental Antecedents (Jelena Spasojevic, Lauren B. Alloy, Lyn Y. Abramson, Donal MacCoon, and Matthew S. Robinson).

4. Mental Control and Depressive Rumination (Richard M. Wenzlaff).

5. Physiological Aspects of Depressive Rumination (Greg J. Siegle and Julian F. Thayer).


6. The Response Styles Theory (Susan Nolen-Hoeksema).

7. Rumination, Depression, and Metacognition: The S-REF Model (Gerald Matthews and Adrian Wells).

8. Rumination as a Function of Goal Progress, Stop-Rules, and Cerebral Lateralization (Leonard L. Martin, Ilan Shrira and Helen M. Startup).

9. A Comparison and Appraisal of Theories of Rumination (Melissa A. Brotman and Robert J. DeRubeis).


10. Measurement of Depressive Rumination and Associated Constructs (Olivier Luminet).

11. Psychological Treatment of Rumination (Christine Purdon).

12. Cognitive Therapy for Depressive Thinking (Dean McMillan and Peter Fisher).

13. Metacognitive Therapy for Depressive Rumination (Adrian Wells and Costas Papageorgiou).


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Author Information

Costas Papageorgiou is Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University and was Deputy Director of the Specialist Service for Affective (Mood) Disorders in Manchester. He obtained a BSc from the University of Buckingham and an MA and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Liverpool. Dr. Papageorgiou has expertise in the assessment and treatment of depression. He has been extensively involved in investigating rumination and depression and has co-authored the first empirical studies examining the link between rumination, depression, and metacognition.

Adrian Wells is Reader in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester and Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim. He is recognized for his contribution to the development of cognitive theory and therapy of emotional disorders. He has published widely in peer-review journals and has authored/co-authored several ground-breaking books in the field.


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"A book of unique chapters that should be found in each clinician's office and each psychology student's backpack." (Journal of Psychosomatic Research 58:(2005) 309, 20th July 2005)

"This book provides an authoritative, up-to-date account of current theoretical thinking and research about depressive rumination and its treatment...essential reading for researchers investigating depressive rumination..." (British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 20th July 2005)

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