Autobiographical memory and depression: identity-continuity and problem-solving functions indirectly predict symptoms over time through psychological well-being

Hallford, David John and Mellor, David 2016, Autobiographical memory and depression: identity-continuity and problem-solving functions indirectly predict symptoms over time through psychological well-being, Applied cognitive psychology, vol. 30, no. 2, March-April, pp. 152-159, doi: 10.1002/acp.3169.

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Title Autobiographical memory and depression: identity-continuity and problem-solving functions indirectly predict symptoms over time through psychological well-being
Author(s) Hallford, David JohnORCID iD for Hallford, David John orcid.org/0000-0003-1093-8345
Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David orcid.org/0000-0001-5007-5906
Journal name Applied cognitive psychology
Volume number 30
Issue number 2
Season March-April
Start page 152
End page 159
Total pages 8
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-03
ISSN 0888-4080
1099-0720
Summary The aim of this study was to assess the longitudinal associations between adaptive autobiographical memory functions and depressive symptoms. Consistent with the proposed mechanisms of change underpinning cognitive-reminiscence therapy (CRT), it was hypothesised that more frequent adaptive reminiscence would lead to increases in psychological resources over time and indirectly affect depressive symptoms through this pathway. A sample of 171 young adults (mean age=25.9years, SD=3.5) completed measures of how frequently they utilised autobiographical memory for identity-continuity and problem-solving purposes, depressive symptoms and personal resources (self-esteem, self-efficacy, meaning in life and optimism) at two time-points. The results of structural equation modelling supported the model of indirect influence between reminiscence functions and depression through these psychological resources. These findings clarify the effects of adaptive autobiographical memory on depressive symptoms in young adults and indicate potential benefits of interventions such as CRT.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/acp.3169
Field of Research 170299 Cognitive Science not elsewhere classified
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
1505 Marketing
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, John Wiley
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