ISSN 2043-8087
Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
 Volume 2, Issue 1, 28-43, 2011
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Test of the Metacognitive Model of Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Anxiety-Disordered Adolescents

Authors
Danielle M. Ellis and Jennifer L. Hudson
Department of Psychology, Macquarie University

Volume 2, Issue 1, 2011, Pages 28-43
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5127/jep.011910

Abstract
The metacognitive model of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) suggests that positive and negative beliefs about worry contribute to pathological worry. This study explores the relationship between metacognition and worry in youth aged 12-17 years. The sample consisted of 81 anxiety-disordered youth, with 70 mothers included, and 42 non-clinical controls, with 40 mothers included. Metacognitive beliefs were associated with emotional symptoms. Both GAD and non-GAD youth, and anxious and anxious/depressed youth, reported higher metacognitive beliefs compared to non-clinical controls, but there were no differences in metacognition between emotional disorders. There was no significant association between age and metacognition, and there were no gender differences in metacognition. These results provide partial support for using the metacognitive model of GAD to understand worry in young people.

Table of Contents
Introduction
Method
  Participants
  Measures
  Procedure
Results
  Descriptive Statistics
  Group Differences
  The Role of Age
  The Role of Gender
Discussion
References

Correspondence to
Associate Professor Jennifer Hudson, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, Sydney NSW 2109, Australia.

Keywords
metacognition, adolescent psychopathology, anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder

Dates
Received 20 Jul 2010; Revised 29 Nov 2010; Accepted 3 Dec 2010; In Press 31 Jan 2011







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