Emotional and behavioural reaction to intrusive thoughts

Berry, Lisa-Marie, May, Jon, Andrade, Jackie, & Kavanagh, David J. (2010) Emotional and behavioural reaction to intrusive thoughts. Assessment, 17(1), pp. 126-137.

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A self-report measure of the emotional and behavioural reactions to intrusive thoughts was developed. The paper presents data that confirm the stability, reliability and validity of the new 7-item measure. Emotional and behavioural reactions to intrusions emerged as separate factors on the Emotional and Behavioural Reactions to Intrusions Questionnaire (EBRIQ), a finding confirmed by an independent stress study. Test retest reliability over 30-70 days was good. Expected relationships with other constructs were significant. Stronger negative responses to intrusions were associated with lower mindfulness scores and higher ratings of experiential avoidance, thought suppression and intensity and frequency of craving. The EBRIQ will help explore differences in reactions to intrusive thoughts in clinical and non clinical populations, and across different emotional and behavioural states. It will also be useful in assessing the effects of therapeutic approaches such as mindfulness.

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ID Code: 32858
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Intrusive Thoughts, Mind-Wandering, Intrusive Memories, Mindfulness, Thought Suppression, Experiential Avoidance, Self-Report Measure
DOI: 10.1177/1073191109344694
ISSN: 1073-1911
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > COGNITIVE SCIENCE (170200) > Cognitive Science not elsewhere classified (170299)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 SAGE Publications & the Authors
Deposited On: 24 Jun 2010 22:16
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:07

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