Rumination and self-regulation in adolescence

Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Kirsten Gilbert, Lori M. Hilt

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Emotion regulation is a form of self-regulation that helps individuals pursue goals, engage in social interactions, and navigate the environment. Rumination is one emotion regulation strategy associated with a failure to self-regulate; it exacerbates negative mood through passive self-reflection and brooding. In this chapter, we review the role of rumination in the development of depression, detail the mechanisms by which ruminative thinking impedes problem solving, and discuss the role of rumination in the onset of other forms of psychopathology in adolescence, including anxiety, binge-drinking, binge-eating, self-harm, and mania. We then discuss interventions that target rumination by teaching more effective ways to pursue goals and regulate emotions and conclude with future directions in rumination research in youth.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSelf-Regulation in Adolescence
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781139565790
ISBN (Print)9781107036000
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


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