Metacognitive, cognitive and developmental predictors of generalised anxiety disorder symptoms

Tan, Shary, Moulding, Richard, Nedeljkovic, Maja and Kyrios, Michael 2010, Metacognitive, cognitive and developmental predictors of generalised anxiety disorder symptoms, Clinical psychologist, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 84-89, doi: 10.1080/13284207.2010.521521.

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Title Metacognitive, cognitive and developmental predictors of generalised anxiety disorder symptoms
Author(s) Tan, Shary
Moulding, RichardORCID iD for Moulding, Richard
Nedeljkovic, Maja
Kyrios, Michael
Journal name Clinical psychologist
Volume number 14
Issue number 3
Start page 84
End page 89
Total pages 6
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2010-11
ISSN 1328-4207
Keyword(s) Cognition
generalised anxiety disorder
Summary Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is the most significant and common of the anxiety disorders. Intolerance of uncertainty (IU) and negative metacognitive beliefs are two prominent cognitive factors in models of GAD, however only one study to date has examined the relative contribution of these factors. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate and compare these cognitive factors in their prediction of GAD symptoms, and also to examine possible developmental influences on GAD by examining the link between symptoms and the parentification style of childrearing. In this analogue study, 119 non-clinical participants (M age 22.90 years; 95 females, 24 males) completed measures of these constructs. Results indicated that both IU and negative beliefs about worry significantly related to GAD symptoms, however, the degree to which they predicted GAD symptoms did not significantly differ. Although a weak but significant relationship was found between parentification and GAD, this relationship did not remain significant after controlling for depression. Implications and limitations are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13284207.2010.521521
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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