ISSN 2043-8087
Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
 Volume 3, Issue 5, 768-781, 2012
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Metacognitive Beliefs in Late-Life Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Gretchen J. Diefenbach, Ph.D.(a),(b), Christina M. Gilliam, Ph.D.(a), David F. Tolin, Ph.D.(a)(b)
(a) The Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital
(b) Yale University School of Medicine

Volume 3, Issue 5, 2012, Pages 768-781

The aim of this study was to determine the association between metacognitive beliefs, trait worry, and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) among older adults. Sixty-six home health care clients aged 65 and older completed the Metacognitions Questionnaire-30 (MCQ-30) along with measures of worry and GAD severity Effect size estimates of differences on the MCQ-30 subscales between those diagnosed with and without GAD ranged from medium to large. The Positive Beliefs subscale was the strongest predictor of trait worry. However, negative beliefs about worry (specifically beliefs in the uncontrollability and dangers of worrying) predicted GAD symptom severity when also controlling for trait worry, and partially mediated the relationship between trait worry and GAD symptom severity. These findings suggest that theories positing a role for metacognitive beliefs in the etiology and maintenance of GAD may extend to older adults.

Table of Contents
 Diagnostic Groups
 Predictor Variables
 Outcome Variables
  Penn State Worry Questionnaire-Abbreviated Version (PSWQ-A).
  Generalized Anxiety Disorder Severity Scale (GADSS).
 Data Analyses
 Demographic Information
 Group Comparisons
 Regression Predicting Worry Severity
 Regression Predicting GAD Symptom Severity
  Mediational Analysis

Correspondence to
Maarten J.V. Peters, Maastricht University, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Department of Clinical Psychological Science, P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Geriatric, Worry, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Metacognition, Home Health Care

Received 2 Aug 2011; Revised 25 Apr 2012; Accepted 27 Apr 2012; In Press 4 Nov 2012

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