Cognitive predictors of worry in a non-clinical population

Khawaja, Nigar G. & Chapman, Deborah (2007) Cognitive predictors of worry in a non-clinical population. Clinical Psychologist, 11(1), pp. 24-32.

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Although worry is considered to be the key feature of generalised anxiety disorder, it has its own unique properties. The study aimed to investigate the extent to which intolerance of uncertainty, poor problem solving confidence, positive beliefs about worry and negative thinking style, predicted worry, both individually and in combination, once the effects of trait anxiety were removed. Ninety-six university students participated in the study by completing a battery of questionnaires. Results, showed trait anxiety to be the strongest predictor. Further, negative thinking, intolerance of uncertainty and positive beliefs about worry contributed to the prediction of worry individually, beyond the effects of trait anxiety. However, when examined collectively, intolerance of uncertainty and a negative thinking were shown to be superior predictors of worry. The findings support the cognitive processing models of worry and generalised anxiety. The implications of these findings are discussed with reference to future research.

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ID Code: 7424
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Trait anxiety, negative thinking, intolerance of uncertainty, positive beliefs about worry and poor problem solving confidence
DOI: 10.1080/13284200601151778
ISSN: 1328-4207
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Clinical Psychologist 11(1):pp. 24-32.
Deposited On: 04 May 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:33

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