Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 317–326 | Cite as

Brooding Rumination and Risk for Depressive Disorders in Children of Depressed Mothers

  • Brandon E. Gibb
  • Marie Grassia
  • Lindsey B. Stone
  • Dorothy J. Uhrlass
  • John E. McGeary


The goal of the current study was to examine the role of brooding rumination in children at risk for depression. We found that children of mothers with a history of major depression exhibited higher levels of brooding rumination than did children of mothers with no depression history. Examining potential mechanisms of this risk, we found no evidence for shared genetic influences (BDNF or 5-HTTLPR) or modeling of mothers’ rumination. However, we did find that children with a history of prior depressive disorders exhibited higher current levels of brooding rumination than children with no depression history. Importantly, children’s brooding predicted prospective onsets of new depressive episodes over a 20-month follow-up even when we statistically controlled for depressive symptom levels at the initial assessment, suggesting that the predictive effect of brooding rumination in children was not due simply to co-occurring depressive symptoms.


Rumination Brooding Depression Intergenerational transmission 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brandon E. Gibb
    • 1
    • 3
  • Marie Grassia
    • 1
  • Lindsey B. Stone
    • 1
  • Dorothy J. Uhrlass
    • 1
  • John E. McGeary
    • 2
  1. 1.Binghamton University (SUNY)BinghamtonUSA
  2. 2.Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Division of Behavioral Genetics, Rhode Island HospitalBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyBinghamton University (SUNY)BinghamtonUSA

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