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Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
 Volume 4, Issue 4, 368-386, 2013
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The Effect of Post-Event Processing on Mood, Self-Beliefs, and Interpretive Biases

Authors
Steve R. Makkar & Jessica R. Grisham
School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia

Volume 4, Issue 4, 2013, Pages 368-386
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5127/jep.030912

Abstract
Cognitive models of social phobia (e.g., Clark & Wells, 1995; Hoffman, 2007) propose that post-event processing (PEP), the act of engaging in a negatively-biased analysis of a prior social situation, contributes to the maintenance of this disorder. The current study examined the effects of engaging in a cognitive-based, abstract-evaluative form of PEP (AE-PEP) on affect and cognition in and high and low socially anxious individuals. In addition, a novel ambiguous social-interaction task was used to maximise ecological relevance. Participants engaged in either AE-PEP or distraction following a discussion group interaction. The results demonstrated that compared to distraction, high socially anxious participants that engaged in AE-PEP reported more negative affect, greater endorsement of negative self-beliefs, and greater interpretative biases. Significant effects of AE-PEP over distraction were not observed in low socially anxious individuals. The results provide support for cognitive models of social phobia, indicating that PEP is a key maintaining factor.

Table of Contents
Introduction
Method
Participants
Measures
Symptomatology.
Dependent measures.
Response Task Manipulation
Manipulation Check
Procedure
Data Analyses.
Results
Manipulation Check
Participant Characteristics
Dependent Measures
Negative affect.
Negative self-beliefs.
Discussion
References
Appendix: Instructions for the AE-PEP Response Condition Used in the Present Study

Correspondence to
Steve Makkar, School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia.

Keywords
Social anxiety; Social phobia; Post-event processing; Rumination

Dates
Received 17 Jul 2012; Revised 13 Mar 2013; Accepted 14 Mar 2013; In Press 16 Oct 2013







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