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A Prospective Study of Rumination and Irritability in Youth

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Eleanor Leigh, Ailsa Lee, Hannah M. Brown, Simone Pisano, Argyris Stringaris

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2020

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Although youth irritability is linked with substantial psychiatric morbidity and impairment, little is known about how personal characteristics influence its course. In this study we examined the prospective associations between angry and depressive rumination and irritability. A sample of 165 school pupils aged 12–14 years were assessed at two time points six months apart. They completed measures of irritability at Times 1 and 2 and depressive and angry rumination at Time 1. In line with our hypotheses, we found that angry rumination is significantly associated with irritability six months later, over and above baseline irritability and depressive rumination. The present findings suggest angry rumination is relevant to the genesis of irritability in adolescents, and point to possible routes for prevention and early intervention.

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