A systematic review of the relationship between rumination and suicidality

Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2008 Oct;38(5):523-38. doi: 10.1521/suli.2008.38.5.523.


Rumination has been persistently implicated in the etiology of hopelessness and depression, which are proximal predictors of suicidality. As a result, researchers have started to examine the role of rumination in suicidality. This systematic review provides a concise synopsis of the current progress in examining the relationship between rumination and suicidality, and highlights areas for future research. A search of the international literature was conducted using the three main psychological and medical databases. Eleven studies were identified providing evidence, with one exception, of a relationship between rumination and suicidality. This review also highlights the considerable dearth of studies on this area of concern, specifically of case-control and prospective, clinical studies, in the worldwide literature.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Depressive Disorder, Major / epidemiology*
  • Depressive Disorder, Major / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Mental Recall*
  • Research Design
  • Suicide, Attempted / psychology*
  • Suicide, Attempted / statistics & numerical data*