The Repetitive Thinking Questionnaire


Author of Tool: 

McEvoy, P. M., Mahoney, A. J., & Moulds, M.

Key references: 

McEvoy, P. M., Mahoney, A. J., & Moulds, M. (2010). Are worry, rumination, and post-event processing one and the same? Development of the Repetitive Thinking Questionnaire, Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 24, 509-515.

Mahoney, A. E. J., McEvoy, P. M., & Moulds, M. L. (2012). Psychometric Properties of the Repetitive Thinking Questionnaire in a Clinical Sample. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 26, 359-367.

Primary use / Purpose: 

The Repetitive Thinking Questionnaire was developed to assess constructs related to repetitive negative thinking and rumination, such as cognitive avoidance, thought suppression, metacognitions, and thought control strategies.


It has been suggested that repetitive negative thinking is a transdiagnostic phenomenon. Typically, worry, rumination, and post-event processing have been assessed using disparate measures. The RTQ was developed to unify these constructs under one assessment scale, and facilitate the identification of transdiagnostic maintaining factors of RNT.


Test reliability is presented in McEvoy, Mahoney, & Moulds (2010).



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