A test of the role of metaworry in the prediction of worry severity in an elderly sample

R Nuevo*, Ignacio Montorio, TD Borkovec

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Abstract

Wells (Behav. Cogn. Psychother. 23 (1995) 301) proposed a cognitive model, which distinguishes between two kinds of worry: type I worry (focused on external things) and type II worry or metaworry (worry about one's own thoughts and worry). Wells' model assigns a central role to metaworry in the development of excessive worry, and Wells and Carter (Behav. Res. Ther. 37 (1999) 585) found in a college sample that metaworry predicted the level of trait worry after controlling for trait anxiety and type I worry. The present study replicated their investigation with a Spanish elderly sample and supported Wells' predictions that metaworry plays a significant role in the prediction of trait worry in contrast to type I worries, even when trait anxiety or perceived uncontrollability over worry are controlled. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-218
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2004

Keywords

  • metaworry
  • elderly
  • trait worry
  • generalized anxiety disorder
  • GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER
  • PSYCHOMETRIC PROPERTIES
  • OLDER-ADULTS
  • QUESTIONNAIRE

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