Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Depression and Rumination as a Predictor for Types of Substances Abused
by LaPorte, Mallory, M.S., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2017, 51; 10274688
Abstract (Summary)

Rumination has been defined as the inclination to frequently and submissively focus on symptoms of distress and on the possible causes and consequences of these symptoms (Willem, Bijittebier, Claes, & Raes, 2011). In this study, a rumination scale was built using secondary data from the National Survey of Drug Use and Health of 2014 where the respondents of the survey were asked a series of questions correlating to their level of rumination. In the present study, the researcher tested whether rumination and depression would be predictive factors of the type of substance that an individual were to abuse. Furthermore, the study explored if gender was a predictive factor in the type of substance that an individual abuses as well. It was hypothesized that rumination, depression, and gender were all predictive factors of the type of substance an individual abuses. The rumination scale built for this study was subject to analysis in accordance with the respondent’s level of drug use for the following substances: marijuana, cocaine, crack, and a poly-drug. However, the results within this study demonstrated a weak level of significance regarding rumination, gender, and depression in relation to levels of substance use.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stearns, Ami
Commitee: Khey, Dave, Kles, Maranda
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Criminal Justice
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 57/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Criminology
Publication Number: 10274688
ISBN: 978-0-355-52048-4
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