ISSN 2043-8087
Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
 Volume 3, Issue 1, 62-68, 2012
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Negative Generalization and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

Daniel Fulford (a), Rebecca K. Rosen (a), Sheri L. Johnson (b), and Charles S. Carver (a)
(a) University of Miami, Department of Psychology
(b) University of California, Berkeley, Department of Psychology

Volume 3, Issue 1, 2012, Pages 62-68

The tendency to generalize from a single failure to one's entire self-worth is an important correlate and predictor of depression. Despite conceptual overlap between cognitive biases in anxiety and depression, little research has examined whether negative generalization relates to anxiety symptoms. We examined associations of negative generalization with symptoms of several anxiety disorders, above and beyond its association with lifetime symptoms of depression, among 248 undergraduates. After controlling for lifetime symptoms of major depression, negative generalization was significantly correlated with symptoms of each anxiety disorder tested, most notably generalized anxiety and social phobia.

Table of Contents
  Attitudes Toward Self-Revised, Generalization subscale (ATS-R).
  The Inventory to Diagnose Depression-Lifetime (IDD-L).
  Psychiatric Diagnostic Screening Questionnaire (PDSQ).

Correspondence to
Daniel Fulford, University of California, San Francisco, Department of Psychiatry, 401 Parnassus Avenue, Box PAR-0984, San Francisco, CA 94143.

symptoms; depression; anxiety; negative generalization

Received 11 Sep 2010; Revised 25 May 2011; Accepted 9 Aug 2011; In Press 12 Dec 2011

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