Anna Reynolds

Doctor of Clinical Psychology, (Doctor of Clinical Psychology)
Study Completed: 2013
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Introspectiveness during Adolescence: An Investigation of a Personality Trait and its Relationship with Psychological Well-Being

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Ms Reynolds investigated the tendency for adolescents to be introspective (to devote a lot of their thinking time to thoughts about themselves, their goals, identity etc), and how this relates to depressive symptoms. While past research has found that the process of introspection is associated with depressive symptoms in young people, Ms Reynolds found that when examined more closely, this is not always the case. Specifically, young people who are particularly introspective, but who have certain psychological skills such as the ability to be flexible in their thinking, or the ability to understand what they are feeling, are likely to be buffered against experiencing depressive symptoms which might otherwise result when a young person introspects a great deal. These findings have important implications for how psychologists and therapists work with young people who are experiencing emotional distress.

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