The Japanese Journal of Personality
Online ISSN : 1349-6174
Print ISSN : 1348-8406
ISSN-L : 1348-8406
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The Relationship between Responsibility to Continue Thinking and Diverse Psychological Symptoms: Considering Mediating Effect by Repetitive Negative Thinking
Hidefumi MukaiYukihiro TakagishiYoshinori Sugiura
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2018 Volume 26 Issue 3 Pages 263-272

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Repetitive negative thinking (RNT) is a transdiagnostic process predicting diverse psychological symptoms. Various studies have reported that metacognitive beliefs contribute to RNT. However, responsibility to continue thinking, which was one of metacognitive beliefs predicting anxiety, has never been considered. Therefore, the current study aimed to examine the mediating effect of RNT in the relationship between responsibility to continue thinking and diverse psychological symptoms. RNT partially mediated the relationship between responsibility to continue thinking and diverse psychological symptoms. Additionally, it was revealed that responsibility to continue thinking and RNT were strong predictors of diverse psychological symptoms. These findings suggest that responsibility to continue thinking is a metacognition that exacerbates RNT and diverse psychological symptoms. Moreover, it is suggested that targeting reduction of responsibility to continue thinking may be an effective intervention for diverse psychological symptoms.

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