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Estudos de Psicologia (Campinas)

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ZANON, Cristian; BORSA, Juliane Callegaro; BANDEIRA, Denise Ruschel  and  HUTZ, Claudio Simon. The relationship between ruminative thought and facets of neuroticism. Estud. psicol. (Campinas) [online]. 2012, vol.29, n.2, pp.173-181. ISSN 1982-0275.

The present study was developed to assess the relationship between rumination, neuroticism and its facets (vulnerability, psychosocial maladjustment, anxiety and depression) and gender. Three hubdred sixty-one undergraduate students (48.5% females) participated in the study and the mean age was 19.9 (SD=3.6). The students were tested collectively in their classrooms. The results showed positive correlations between rumination and neuroticism and its facets, and these correlations did not differ statistically between male and female students. Male students presented higher levels of psychosocial maladjustment and depression than female students. Anxiety levels were however higher in female students. These findings are subsequently discussed according to literature and further lines of research are suggested.

Keywords : Psychological assessment; Five factor personality model; Neuroticism; Personality; Rumination; Sex.

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