The relationship between language use and depression: illuminating the importance of self-reflection, self-rumination, and the need for absolute truth
AuthorŞimşek, Ömer Faruk
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CitationŞimşek, Ö. F. (2013). The relationship between language use and depression: illuminating the importance of self-reflection, self-rumination, and the need for absolute truth. The Journal of General Psychology, 140.1, 29–44.
The main aim of the present study was to provide additional knowledge about the mediatory processes through which language relates to depression. Although previous research gave clear evidence that language is closely related to depression, the research on intervening variables in the relationship has been limited. The present investigation tested a structural equation model in which self-concept clarity and self-consciousness mediated the relationship between personal perceptions of language and depression. Since “the need for absolute truth” construct has been shown to be important in providing greater consistency in estimates of the relationships among the variables, it has been added to the model as a control variable. The results supported the model and showed that personal perceptions of language predicted self-concept clarity, which in turn predicted the participants’ self-reflection and self-rumination. Self-reflection and self-rumination, in turn, predicted depression.