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Activation of Implicit Self-Schemas and a Difficulty to Disengage from Negative Cognitions in Depression: An experimental psychopathology approach

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Rudi De Raedt

Ghent University, BE
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An experimental analysis of the processes characterising psychopathology and its maintenance have become an established research area, called experimental psychopathology. Vulnerability for depression can be conceptualised as a combination of the existence of latent depressogenic self-schemas and incapacity to disengage from depressogenic cognitions. Therefore, the most recent research of our lab focused on these separate aspects of information processing. Based on measures of implicit cognition, remarkable results of positive self-esteem in depressed individuals which might be considered to be surprising from the perspective of cognitive theories of depression could be interpreted within a larger framework not only focussing on schema-activation but also on early versus elaborate processing and attentional bias. This endorses new questions that can be operationalised into new research projects in the future.
How to Cite: De Raedt, R., (2006). Activation of Implicit Self-Schemas and a Difficulty to Disengage from Negative Cognitions in Depression: An experimental psychopathology approach. Psychologica Belgica. 46(1-2), pp.117–130. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/pb-46-1-2-117
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Published on 01 Mar 2006.
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