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Rumination and Negative Symptoms in Schizophrenia

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Rozmin Halari, Preethi Premkumar, Lorna Farquharson, Dominic Fannon, Elizabeth Kuipers, Veena Kumari

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)703 - 706
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Volume197
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009

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Abstract

Rumination is thought to be an important maintaining factor in depression. Depressive symptomatology is also a prominent feature in schizophrenia. However, little is known about the relationship between rumination and symptoms, such as depression and negative symptoms, in schizophrenia. The present study examined associations between rumination and symptoms in a group of 37 stable medicated patients with schizophrenia. All participants were clinically assessed on their symptoms and completed self-reported measures of depression and rumination. The findings showed that negative symptoms, especially emotional withdrawal and stereotyped thinking, but not depressive symptomatology, were associated with rumination in the present sample of patients with schizophrenia. If the findings are replicated, interventions that reduce rumination and rigid thinking might be helpful to reduce some negative symptoms of psychosis.

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