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Development and preliminary validation of the\ud Meta-cognitions Questionnaire—Adolescent Version

By Sam Cartwright-Hatton, Alison Mather, Vicky Illingworth, Joanna Brocki, Richard Harrington and Adrian Wells


This study describes the development of the Meta-cognitions Questionnaire for Adolescents\ud (MCQ-A). The adult version of this questionnaire has been widely used, and the metacognitive\ud theory of emotional disorders has become influential in the adult literature. This\ud study sought to examine the prevalence and emotional correlates of meta-cognition in\ud adolescents. The MCQ-Awas administered to 177 schoolchildren aged 13 through 17 years,\ud together with measures of emotional well-being. Factor analysis suggested a five-factor\ud solution similar to that reported for the adult version. Internal consistency of the scale was\ud high. Scores ranged from low to high across the age range, suggesting that meta-cognitive\ud beliefs are well-established by adolescence. Scores on the MCQ-A were highly correlated\ud with a number of measures of emotional symptoms. The MCQ-A is a reliable and valid\ud instrument for measuring meta-cognitive beliefs in adolescents. Young people aged between\ud 13 and 17 years report a range of types and levels of meta-cognitive beliefs and these are\ud positively associated with emotional symptoms

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Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2004
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