The role of rumination in affective distress in people with a chronic physical illness: A review of the literature and theoretical formulation

Heather Soo*, Sue Burney, Christopher Basten

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Abstract

The role of maladaptive cognitive content among individuals with chronic physical illness has been acknowledged in cognitive models. Rumination has been documented as a key predictor of depression, and to a lesser extent of anxiety, in non-clinical samples. This paper provides a preliminary discussion of the potential role of rumination as a causal and maintaining factor for emotional distress in the setting of chronic physical illness. Although a number of methodological limitations exist, the current research on rumination may provide a useful framework for the extension of existing cognitive models in chronic illness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)956-966
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume14
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Chronic illness
  • Depression
  • Rumination

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