December 6, 2013

Emotional Cascades and Nonsuicidal Self-injury

Click here to read Sarah and Aliona's review of this week's article, and be sure to post your thoughts on 1 or 2 of their discussion questions!

1 comment:

  1. - What methods could be used to distinguish between fluctuating rumination (from,
    say, present to absent to present) and “cascading” rumination (from, say, low to
    medium to high intensity)?

    I admittedly did not read this study closely but it seemed that 5 random samplings over the course of a day might not have captured the "cascading" emotion the authors were looking for. Again, I could be wrong on this, but I was imagine the cascading emotion happening over a relatively short period of time, where the person experiences an uncontrollable snow ball-type effect and feels they have to engage in NSSI to stop it. If these participants were getting beeped across hours of time, it wouldn't catch that. I guess that's sort of what your question is hinting at, maybe they assessed fluctuating rumination and emotion, but not cascading rumination and emotion. To do that I think they would have to have PDA's or phones programmed to recognize when a random sampling elicits elevated ratings, and then sample more frequently over the next let's say, 1 hour or so.