Date Approved

1-30-2007

Embargo Period

3-30-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Applied Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Cahill, Janet

Subject(s)

Depression, Mental--Diagnosis; Locus of control

Disciplines

Psychology

Abstract

The primary goal of this study was to explore the relationship between rumination, locus of control, and depressive symptomology. The current project utilized a survey methodology, in which 54 undergraduate students were required to complete the Response Style Questionnaire (RSQ), the Rotter Locus of Control Scale (LOC), and the Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II). Previous literature has not examined the relationship between rumination and locus of control. It was hypothesized that ruminative thought and external locus of control would be positively correlated. Correlations were run between the scores of each questionnaire, as well as gender of the participants. Results indicated a positive correlation between the RRS and the BDI (r = .658, p < .01), supporting previous literature. The primary hypothesis was not supported and no other significant results were found. Possible explanations for this, as well as suggestions for further research are discussed.

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