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Context-dependent activation of reduced autobiographical memory specificity as an avoidant coping style.

Abstract:

According to the affect-regulation hypothesis (Williams et al., 2007), reduced autobiographical memory specificity (rAMS) or overgeneral memory (OGM) might be considered a cognitive avoidance strategy; that is, people learn to avoid the emotionally painful consequences associated with the retrieval of specific negative memories. Based on this hypothesis, one would predict significant negative associations between AMS and avoidant coping. However, studies investigating this prediction have led...

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Publisher copy:
10.1037/a0024535

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Williams, JM More by this author
Hermans, D More by this author
Journal:
Emotion (Washington, D.C.)
Volume:
11
Issue:
6
Pages:
1500-1506
Publication date:
2011-12-05
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EISSN:
1931-1516
ISSN:
1528-3542
URN:
uuid:8fd6b583-0018-48e9-8cff-e3d812d08044
Source identifiers:
239732
Local pid:
pubs:239732

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