Identifier

etd-03082012-151418

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

Despite receiving widespread attention in the adult literature, virtually no information about the effects of thought suppression currently exists using a developmental psychopathology perspective in adolescents. The current study describes the development and preliminary validation of The Adolescent Thought Control Questionnaire, a self-report measure of thought suppression strategy use among adolescents. A principal factor analysis revealed an identical factor structure to the adult Thought Control Questionnaire (Wells & Davies, 1994) and included subscales measuring Distraction, Reappraisal, Social, Worry, and Punishment strategies. Adequate evidence of internal and test-retest reliability was obtained. The TCQ-A evidenced strong validity when tested for relations to measures of internalizing symptoms among adults. Implications for models of adolescent psychopathology as well as assessment and treatment are discussed.

Date

2012

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

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Committee Chair

Davis III, Thompson

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Psychology Commons

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