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Worry and problem-solving skills and beliefs in primary school children

By Monika Parkinson and Catharine Creswell


Objective. To examine the association between worry and problem-solving skills and beliefs (confidence and perceived control) in primary school children.\ud Method. Children (8–11 years) were screened using the Penn State Worry Questionnaire for Children. High (N ¼ 27) and low (N ¼ 30) scorers completed measures of anxiety, problem-solving skills (generating alternative solutions to\ud problems, planfulness, and effectiveness of solutions) and problem-solving beliefs(confidence and perceived control).\ud Results. High and low worry groups differed significantly on measures of anxiety and problem-solving beliefs (confidence and control) but not on problem-solving skills.\ud Conclusions. Consistent with findings with adults, worry in children was associated with cognitive distortions, not skills deficits. Interventions for worried children may benefit froma focus on increasing positive problem-solving beliefs

Publisher: Wiley
Year: 2011
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