Perceived social problem solving, perfectionism, and mindful awareness in clinical depression: An exploratory study

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Argus, Geoffrey and Thompson, Murray. 2008. "Perceived social problem solving, perfectionism, and mindful awareness in clinical depression: An exploratory study." Cognitive Therapy and Research. 32 (6), pp. 745-757. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10608-006-9102-1
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Perceived social problem solving, perfectionism, and mindful awareness in clinical depression: An exploratory study

ERA Journal ID6196
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsArgus, Geoffrey (Author) and Thompson, Murray (Author)
Journal TitleCognitive Therapy and Research
Journal Citation32 (6), pp. 745-757
Number of Pages13
Year2008
PublisherSpringer
Place of PublicationNew York, NY. USA
ISSN0147-5916
1573-2819
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s10608-006-9102-1
Abstract

Perfectionism, problem solving, and mindfulness have all been variously implicated in the experience and treatment outcomes for depression. Maladaptive perfectionism represents a cognitive set that is believed to exacerbate the symptoms of depression, whereas social problem solving is believed to play a role in potentially buffering the effects of perfectionism on depressive symptomatology. Little is currently known about the role of mindfulness during a current depressive episode, however a number of studies have shown that mindfulness-based interventions significantly reduce relapse rates in depression. The current study examined the role of social problem solving, adaptive and maladaptive perfectionism, and mindful awareness during a current depressive episode. Participants were 141 inpatients experiencing a clinical depressive episode. No support was found for social problem solving buffering the effects of maladaptive perfectionism on depression severity. Results suggest that mindful awareness mediates the negative association between social problem solving and depression severity and the positive association between maladaptive perfectionism and depression severity. Mindful awareness contributed the greatest amount of variance to depression symptom severity.

Keywordsdepression; mindfulness; perfectionism; problem solving; social problems
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520402. Decision making
529999. Other psychology not elsewhere classified
520399. Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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