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The relationship of meta-worry and intolerance of uncertainty with pathological worry, anxiety, and depression

By Nigar G. Khawaja and Janette McMahon

Abstract

This study explored how meta-worry and intolerance of uncertainty relate to pathological worry, generalised anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, social phobia, and depression. University students (n = 253) completed a questionnaire battery. A series of regression analyses were conducted. The results indicated that meta-worry was associated with GAD, social phobia, obsessive compulsive, and depressive symptoms. Intolerance of uncertainty was related to GAD, social phobia, and obsessive compulsive symptoms, but not depressive symptoms. The importance of meta-worry and intolerance of uncertainty as predictors of pathological worry, GAD, social phobia, obsessive compulsive and depressive symptoms was also examined. Even though both factors significantly predicted the aforementioned symptoms, meta-worry emerged as a stronger predictor of GAD and obsessive compulsive symptoms than did intolerance of uncertainty. Intolerance of uncertainty, compared with meta-worry, appeared as a stronger predictor of social phobia symptoms. Findings emphasise the importance of addressing meta-worry and/or intolerance of uncertainty not only for the assessment and treatment of generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), but also obsessive compulsive disorder, social phobia, and depression

Topics: 170106 Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology, Meta-worry, Intolerance of Uncertainty, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety and Depression.
Publisher: Australian Academic Press
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1375/bech.28.4.165
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:46271

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