The influence of metacognitive beliefs on rumination, worry, and depression

[Speaker] Ikeda, Hiroto:1
[Co-author] Miyazaki, Kyuichi:2, Matuno, Kodai:1, Nedate, Kaneo:2
1:Graduated School of Human Sciences, Waseda University (Japan), 2:Faculty of Human Sciences, Waseda University (Japan)

Many studies have examined the influence of repetitive thought, such as rumination and worry, on depression. Furthermore, recent studies suggest an association between psychopathological cognition and metacognitive beliefs. The present study investigated the effects of metacognitive beliefs on rumination, worry, and depression. Two-hundred and nineteen university students participated in this study. We found that negative belief about worry (NBW) significantly affected worry, rumination, and depression, as well as negative belief about rumination (NBR). Perhaps, it will be effective to target NBW in metacognitive therapy for depression. Further, results showed that positive belief about worry (PBW) had a negative effect on depression positively influenced worry. A possible reason for this finding could be that PBW captures the positive dimensions of worry that include forms of problem solving.
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