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Forgiving Adolescents: far from depression, close to well-being

Barbara Barcaccia, Susanna Pallini, Andrea Pozza, Michela Milioni, Roberto Baiocco, Francesco Mancini, Giovanni Maria Vecchio

ABSTRACT: Forgiveness has been proven to be an effective way of regulating negative affect and decreasing depression. This study aimed at examining the relationship among constructs particularly relevant to adolescents’ well-being, including forgivingness (dispositional forgiveness) anger, depression and Hedonic Balance (HB). Specifically, using a structural equation modelling approach, the fully mediational role of the ...

Journal Article: Frontiers in Psychology , 10 , pp. 1725, 2019, ISSN: 1664-1078 .



The more you judge the worse you feel. A judgemental attitude towards one's inner experience predicts depression and anxiety

Barbara Barcaccia, Roberto Baiocco, Andrea Pozza, Susanna Pallini, Francesco Mancini and Marco Salvati

ABSTRACT: Literature reviews have shown that trait-mindfulness is significantly correlated to emotional wellbeing, both in adults and in children. Particularly, being judgemental towards one's inner thoughts, feelings and sensations, and acting unawares, is associated with higher maladjustment. In the present cross-sectional study, we explored the role of the different facets of mindfulness in both anxiety and depression, ...

Journal Article: Personality and Individual Differences, 138 (2019), pp. 33-39, 2018.


Investigating schema therapy constructs in individuals with depression

Barbara Basile, Katia Tenore, Francesco Mancini

ABSTRACT: Background: Schema Therapy (ST) has been applied to several psychological disorders. The aim of this study was to further corroborate Renner’s ST model for depression (2012), investigating maladaptive schemas, modes, and avoidant coping styles in a large non-clinical sample and in two sub-groups of subjects with high and low depression rates. Descriptive, correlation and multiple regression analyses were run on ...

Journal Article: Journal of Psychology and Clinical Psychiatry, 9 (2), pp. 214-221, 2018.



Is expressive writing effective in decreasing depression and increasing forgiveness and emotional wellbeing if preadolescents?

Barbara Barcaccia, Tyler Schaeffer, Viviana Balestrini, Fabio Rizzo, Francesca Mattogno, Roberto Baiocco, Francesco Mancini, Barry Howard Schneider

ABSTRACT: Expressive writing (EW) can be an effective way to alter maladaptive emotional reactions to stressful life events, although little is known about how pre-adolescents may beneft from it. In this quasi-experimental study, we compared measures of depression, anger, forgiveness, positive and negative affect in pre-adolescents before and after EW in both an experimental group undergoing the EW paradigm and a control ...

Journal Article: Terapia psicológica, 35 (3), pp. 213-222, 2017, ISSN: 0716-6184.



The Role of Personal Goals in Depressive Reaction to Adverse Life Events: A Cross-Sectional Study

Alessandro Couyoumdjian, Cristina Ottaviani, Roberta Trincas, Grazia Spitoni, Katia Tenore, Francesco Mancini

ABSTRACT: Consistent with cognitive views of depression, we aimed to investigate the mediating role of personal goals in the relationship between stressful events and distinct patterns of depressive symptoms in a nonclinical sample. Participants identified a dysphoric episode that occurred in the previous year by reporting the severity of 12 depressive symptoms and their plausible cause. A goal taxonomy was used to determine ...

Journal Article: The Scientific World Journal, (810341), pp. 8, 2012.



Obsessions and compulsions and intolerance for uncertainty in a non-clinical sample

Francesco Mancini, Francesca D'Olimpio, Marisa Del Genio, Fabrizio Didonna, Elena Prunetti

ABSTRACT: It has been hypothesized that decision-making difficulties in patients with obsessive–compulsive disorder may arise from intolerance for uncertainty. We investigated the relationship between obsessivity and intolerance for uncertainty (defined in terms of need for cognitive closure), controlling for state and trait anxiety and depression. We tested non-clinical subjects through the Need for Closure Scale (NFCS), ...

Journal Article: Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 16 (4), pp. 401 - 411, 2002, ISSN: 0887-6185.



The connection between disgust and obsessions and compulsions in a non-clinical sample

Francesco Mancini, Andrea Gragnani, Francesca D'Olimpio

ABSTRACT: Although obsessive-compulsive patients (OCD) frequently report thoughts and compulsions about dirt and contamination, there is scarce evidence for a relationship between disgust and OCD. This study investigates whether there is a specific relationship between obsessive symptoms and disgust, independently of general psychological distress symptoms. We tested 278 non-clinical volunteers, through the Disgust Scale ...

Journal Article: Personality and Individual Differences, 31 (7), pp. 1173 - 1180, 2001, ISSN: 0191-8869.