A Cognitive Model of Depression and Political Attitudes

Bernardi, Luca ORCID: 0000-0001-5875-9990, Sala, Giovanni ORCID: 0000-0002-1589-3759 and Gotlib, Ian H
(2023) A Cognitive Model of Depression and Political Attitudes. Electoral Studies, 87. p. 102737.

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Depression is among the most prevalent mental health problems. Previous research indicates that depressive symptoms and cognitive regulation processes are differentially associated with political attitudes. Here we build and test a model based on cognitive aspects of depression that provides an explanation for those differential associations. We test this formulation using a novel survey dataset that includes measures of worry and stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cognitive regulation processes, and depression. We posit that rumination mediates the association between depression and self-related political attitudes, whereas negativity bias mediates the association between depression and government-related attitudes. We find considerable support for these claims. Our findings elucidate how depression may influence people's perceptions of politics.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Brain Disorders, Depression, Mind and Body, Mental Health, Behavioral and Social Science, Mental health, 3 Good Health and Well Being
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Histories, Languages and Cultures
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2023 15:22
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2024 13:29
DOI: 10.1016/j.electstud.2023.102737
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3177591