Within-person variations in self-focused attention and negative affect in depression and anxiety

A diary study

Nilly Mor, Leah Doane, Emma K. Adam, Susan Mineka, Richard E. Zinbarg, James W. Griffith, Michelle G. Craske, Allison Waters, Maria Nazarian

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Abstract

This study examined within-person co-occurrence of self-focus, negative affect, and stress in a community sample of adolescents with or without emotional disorders. As part of a larger study, 278 adolescents were interviewed about emotional disorders. Later, they completed diary measures over three days, six times a day, reporting their current thoughts, affect, and levels of stress. Negative affect was independently related to both concurrent stress and self-focus. Importantly, the association between negative affect and self-focus was stronger among participants with a recent unipolar mood disorder, compared to those with an anxiety disorder, comorbid anxiety and depression, or those without an emotional disorder. The implications of these findings to theories of self-focus and its role in emotional disorders are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-62
Number of pages15
JournalCognition and Emotion
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Negative affect
  • Self-focus
  • Within-person

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  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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Within-person variations in self-focused attention and negative affect in depression and anxiety : A diary study. / Mor, Nilly; Doane, Leah; Adam, Emma K.; Mineka, Susan; Zinbarg, Richard E.; Griffith, James W.; Craske, Michelle G.; Waters, Allison; Nazarian, Maria.

In: Cognition and Emotion, Vol. 24, No. 1, 01.2010, p. 48-62.

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Mor, N, Doane, L, Adam, EK, Mineka, S, Zinbarg, RE, Griffith, JW, Craske, MG, Waters, A & Nazarian, M 2010, 'Within-person variations in self-focused attention and negative affect in depression and anxiety: A diary study', Cognition and Emotion, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 48-62. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699930802499715
Mor, Nilly ; Doane, Leah ; Adam, Emma K. ; Mineka, Susan ; Zinbarg, Richard E. ; Griffith, James W. ; Craske, Michelle G. ; Waters, Allison ; Nazarian, Maria. / Within-person variations in self-focused attention and negative affect in depression and anxiety : A diary study. In: Cognition and Emotion. 2010 ; Vol. 24, No. 1. pp. 48-62.
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