Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
According to the response styles theory, rumination and distraction are two different ways to respond to a negative stimulus. Previous studies on the relationship between rumination and distraction and their effect on depression have focused mainly on the active use of these response styles. In the present study, we examined how the natural tendency to be distractible was related to rumination or depression. Participants were asked to answer questionnaires to rumination, distractibility, and depression, and to perform an attention task. Self-reported level of rumination, depression, and distractibility all had a positive correlation with each other. However, task performance indexed by accuracy had a negative correlation with rumination. Contrary to our predictions, the results suggested that higher depression is related to more negative self-evaluation of distractibility. However, objective evidence of distractibility was related to less rumination, which was consistent with our predictions.
BF1 .M63 v. 21 no. 1 2015
Suh, David Y. and Barch, Deanna M.
"The relationship between individual differences in rumination, distractibility, and depression,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 21:
1, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol21/iss1/8