Depressive rumination and political engagement

Bernardi, Luca ORCID: 0000-0001-5875-9990, Gotlib, Ian H and Bernardi, Fortunato
(2023) Depressive rumination and political engagement. JOURNAL OF ELECTIONS PUBLIC OPINION AND PARTIES, ahead- (ahead-). pp. 1-23.

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Rumination, or negative repetitive thinking, is a significant risk factor for depression and a common and pervasive habit of thought. Using original data from two online surveys of British adults conducted in March 2021 and February 2022, we examine associations between measures of political engagement and the two types of depressive rumination computed from Nolen-Hoeksema’s Response Styles Theory: brooding (the maladaptive component that assesses negative aspects of self-reflection) and reflective pondering (the adaptive component focused on problem-solving). We show that (1) higher brooding is associated with lower internal political efficacy and voting; (2) higher reflective pondering is associated with higher external political efficacy; and (3) reflective pondering increases voting propensity for nonpartisans but not for partisans. Thus, while maladaptive rumination is detrimental to political engagement, adaptive rumination appears to be beneficial. Our findings advance our understanding of the role of reflection in democratic citizenship.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mental Health, Depression
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Histories, Languages and Cultures
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2023 14:26
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2024 16:20
DOI: 10.1080/17457289.2023.2246371
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