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Reduced concreteness of worry in generalized anxiety disorder: Findings from a therapy study

Stoeber, Joachim, Borkovec, T.D. (2002) Reduced concreteness of worry in generalized anxiety disorder: Findings from a therapy study. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 26 (1). pp. 89-96. ISSN 0147-5916. (doi:10.1023/A:1013845821848) (KAR id:4469)


A sample of clients diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) provided descriptions of the two major problems they worried about and of potential negative consequences associated with these problems, once before and once after they received cognitive-behavioral therapy. When descriptions were rated for concreteness and compared to those of normal controls, results showed that untreated GAD clients provided less concrete descriptions of their major worries relative to controls. After successful therapy, problem descriptions of GAD clients showed the same level of concreteness as those of controls. These findings add further support to the reduced-concreteness theory of worry. Moreover; they; indicate that concretization of worries may play a prominent role in the reduction of pathological worry

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1023/A:1013845821848
Uncontrolled keywords: worry; generalized anxiety disorder; avoidance; imagery; problem solving
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Joachim Stoeber
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2008 16:27 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:42 UTC
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