Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Effects of Depressive Symptomatology, Intrusive Thinking, and Age on Cognitive Functioning
by Croghan, Anna, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2014, 61; 1561088
Abstract (Summary)

Participants (N= 227) completed questionnaires pertaining to depressive symptomatology and trait intrusive thinking, and subsequently engaged in tasks assessing executive functioning, working memory, prospective memory, and episodic memory. The dependent variables assessed the influence of intrusive thinking on the relationship between depressive symptomatology and the four previously mentioned cognitive domains. A three-way interaction was conducted using the PROCESS macro created by Hayes (2013). The results revealed a significant three-way interaction for the working and episodic memory measure. Younger participants with low levels of intrusive thinking performed better on the working and episodic memory task as depressive symptomatology increased, while older adults with low levels of intrusive thinking performed worse on these tasks as depressive symptomatology increased. It is important to note that performance on these measures did not significantly vary by depressive symptomatology at high levels of intrusive thinking. These findings suggest that intrusive thinking may be a beneficial factor to explore in future research regarding the impact of depressive symptomatology on cognitive functioning across age groups.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rosnick, Christopher
Commitee: Brown, Danice, Pawlow, Laura
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 53/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Aging, Clinical psychology, Cognitive psychology
Keywords: Aging, Cognitive, Depression, Intrusions, Performance
Publication Number: 1561088
ISBN: 9781321055399
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