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Co-rumination buffers the link between social anxiety and depressive symptoms in early adolescence

Co-rumination buffers the link between social anxiety and depressive symptoms in early adolescence

Van Zalk, Nejra and Tillfors, Maria (2017) Co-rumination buffers the link between social anxiety and depressive symptoms in early adolescence. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 11 (41). pp. 1-12. ISSN 1753-2000 (Online) (doi:10.1186/s13034-017-0179-y)

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Abstract

Objectives:
We examined whether co-rumination with online friends buffered the link between social anxiety and depressive symptoms over time in a community sample.

Methods:
In a sample of 526 participants (358 girls; Mage = 14.05) followed at three time points, we conducted a latent cross-lagged model with social anxiety, depressive symptoms, and co-rumination, controlling for friendship stability and friendship quality, and adding a latent interaction between social anxiety and co-rumination predicting depressive symptoms.

Results:
Social anxiety predicted depressive symptoms, but no direct links between social anxiety and co-rumination emerged. Instead, co-rumination buffered the link between social anxiety and depressive symptoms for adolescents with higher but not lower levels of social anxiety.

Conclusions:
These findings indicate that co-rumination exerted a positive influence on interpersonal relationships by diminishing the influence from social anxiety on depressive symptoms over time.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © The Author(s) 2017. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social anxiety, Depressive symptoms, Co-rumination, Online friends, Early adolescence
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Applied Psychology Research Group
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
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Last Modified: 08 Feb 2018 14:42
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Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/17562

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