Mechanisms of repetitive thinking: Introduction to the special series
De Raedt, R
Clinical Psychological Science
Association for Psychological Science
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from Association for Psychological Science via http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2167702615584309.
© The Author(s) 2014. Repetitive thinking about negative experience, such as worry and rumination, is increasingly recognized as a transdiagnostic process underlying various forms of psychopathology including anxiety and depression. Recent theoretical models have emphasized the role of impaired attentional control and the habitual nature of negative biases in the development and maintenance of pathological repetitive thought. In this introduction, we provide a brief overview of these theories and of how the articles in the special series provide experimental evidence concerning these basic mechanisms underlying rumination and worry, and their relation to clinical dysfunction. Together the research summarized in these articles instantiates these theoretical frameworks and provides convergent evidence confirming the value of adopting a transdiagnostic approach that focuses directly on fundamental mechanisms of psychopathology, instead of on diagnostic criteria.
The preparation of the special series was supported by Grant BOF10/GOA/014 of the Special Research Fund for a Concerted Research Action of Ghent University awarded to Rudi De Raedt, and a grant for an International Research Community of the Research Foundation Flanders: “Changing Automatic Processes in Psychopathology."
Vol. 3, Iss. 4, pp. 568 - 573