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Andrews G.,Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression | Andrews G.,University of New South Wales
British Journal of Psychiatry | Year: 2010

A recent study found that people with depression identified In the community recovered equally well given unsupported computerised cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), general practitioner treatment or a combination of the two, even If they did not comply. The results are different from those reported elsewhere. Could natural remission explain the finding?

McEvoy P.M.,Center for Clinical Interventions | McEvoy P.M.,University of Western Australia | Mahoney A.E.J.,Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression | Moulds M.L.,University of New South Wales
Journal of Anxiety Disorders | Year: 2010

Accumulating evidence suggests that repetitive negative thinking (RNT) is a transdiagnostic phenomenon. However, various forms of RNT such as worry, rumination, and post-event processing have been assessed using separate measures and have almost exclusively been examined within the anxiety, depression, and social phobia literatures, respectively. A single transdiagnostic measure of RNT would facilitate the identification of transdiagnostic maintaining factors of RNT, and would be more efficient than administering separate measures for each disorder. Items from three existing measures of RNT were modified to remove diagnosis-specific content and administered to a sample of undergraduate students (N=284). Exploratory factor analysis yielded two factors labeled Repetitive Negative Thinking and Absence of Repetitive Thinking (ART). The RNT scale demonstrated high internal reliability and was associated with anxiety, depression, anger, shame, and general distress. Moreover, the RNT scale was associated with constructs that are theoretically related to engagement in RNT, including positive and negative metacognitions, cognitive avoidance, thought suppression, and thought control strategies. The ART scale had little predictive utility. Theoretical and clinical implications are discussed. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

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