Author(s)

Yong W. Lee

Date Approved

6-1-2009

Embargo Period

3-18-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Applied Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Haugh, Jim

Subject(s)

Personality and situation; Social psychology

Disciplines

Social Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if the relationship between rumination and social problem-solving changes based on symptom level, rumination status, type of social problem solving measure used, or type of problem being solved. Specifically, this study examined if rumination impairs social problem-solving by negatively distorting interpretations of problematic situations, promotes an avoidance problem-solving style, and/or impairs rational problem-solving. In the current study, measures of depressive and anxious symptoms, rumination, and social problem-solving were administered to 129 undergraduate students. Three multivariate analysis of variances revealed that the relationship between rumination and social problem-solving was unique to ruminators with mixed symptom states. Specifically, ruminators with mixed symptoms were more likely to report negative interpretations of their problematic situations and avoidance of their problems. However, there were no significant between group differences on rational problem-solving: Implications of the results in relation to problem-solving theory and treatment were discussed.

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