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A test of core assumptions of the catastrophic misinterpretation model of panic disorder

Austin, David W. and Richards, Jeffrey C. 2006, A test of core assumptions of the catastrophic misinterpretation model of panic disorder, Cognitive therapy and research, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 53-68, doi: 10.1007/s10608-006-9010-4.

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Title A test of core assumptions of the catastrophic misinterpretation model of panic disorder
Author(s) Austin, David W.ORCID iD for Austin, David W. orcid.org/0000-0002-1296-3555
Richards, Jeffrey C.
Journal name Cognitive therapy and research
Volume number 30
Issue number 1
Start page 53
End page 68
Total pages 16
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0147-5916
Keyword(s) catastrophic misinterpretation
panic disorder
non-clinical panic
social anxiety disorder
Summary The catastrophic misinterpretation model of panic disorder proposes that spontaneous panic attacks are the result of misinterpretation of harmless autonomic arousal as precursors to physical (e.g. heart attack) or psychological (e.g. insanity) emergency. Mixed research findings to date have provided equivocal support. A modified form of the Body Sensations Interpretation Questionnaire was used to investigate core assumptions of the model amongst 38 people with panic disorder (PD), 20 with non-clinical panic, 21 with social anxiety disorder, and 34 non-anxious controls. The PD group gave more harm-related interpretations of ambiguous internal stimuli than all other groups only when anxiety-related responses (e.g. “I'm going to panic”) were scored as harm, however there was no evidence that anxiety-related interpretations were masking perceived catastrophic physical or psychological outcomes. Despite this, people with PD rated harm and anxiety outcomes as more negative than non-anxious controls. Results failed to unequivocally support core assumptions of the model.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10608-006-9010-4
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052203

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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