Within-person variations in self-focused attention and negative affect in depression and anxiety: A diary study

Nilly Mor, Leah D. 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 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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    Mor, N., Doane, L. D., Adam, E. K., Mineka, S., Zinbarg, R. E., Griffith, J. W., Craske, M. G., 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, 24(1), 48-62. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699930802499715