ISSN 2043-8087
Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
 Volume 6, Issue 3, 242-252, 2015
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Examination of Trait Stop Rules as Predictors of Worry, Perseverative Thinking, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder Symptoms

  Jessica O’Leary - University of North Florida
  Brian Fisak - University of Central Florida

Volume 6, Issue 3, 2015, Pages 242-252

The purpose of the current study was to examine the degree to which trait stop rules, as measured by the worry stop rules checklist (WSRC), predict worry, perseveration, and generalized anxiety disorder symptoms (GAD) in a nonclinical sample. Both ‘as many as can’ (AMAC) and ‘feel like’ (FL) stop rules were found to be significantly associated with worry and generalized anxiety disorder symptoms. However, only AMAC stop rules were found to be associated with perseverative worry, as measured by steps on the Catastrophic Interview Procedure (CIP). In addition, stop rules were found to predict worry and symptoms associated with GAD after controlling for variables from the metacognitive model of GAD. Overall, the current study provides support for the relation between trait stop rules, worry, and symptoms associated with GAD.

Table of Contents
Mood-as-Input Hypothesis
Metacognitive Model of GAD
Focus of the Current Study
Design & Procedures
Metacognitions Questionnaire-30.
Meta-Worry Questionnaire.
Worry Stop Rule Checklist.
Penn State Worry Questionnaire.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder Questionnaire-IV.
Catastrophic Interview Procedure.
Stop Rules and Metacogntive Beliefs
Stop Rules and CIP Steps
Aggregation of Effect Sizes

Correspondence to
Brian Fisak, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Central Florida, Regional Campus - Sanford/Lake Mary, 100 Weldon Blvd., Suite 4020, Sanford, FL 32773.

stop rules, worry, mood-as-input, metacognitions, generalized anxiety disorder.

Received 2 Jan 2014; Revised 28 Jan 2015; Accepted 20 Jan 2015; In Press 2 Oct 2015

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