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Relationship between Anxious Thoughts and Metacognitive Beliefs in High School Students with Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Author(s): Fatemeh Bahrami | Shiva Rezvan

Journal: Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology
ISSN 1735-4315

Volume: 13;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 249;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) | metacognition | anxious thoughts | worry | meta-worry

AbstractObjectives: Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by excessive, predominant and ongoing worry and tension. The objective of this study was to determine the relationship between anxious thoughts and metacognitive beliefs among patients with GAD.  Method: For this study, 60 high school students (30 males and 30 females) were selected using cluster-random sampling. All of the subjects had generalized anxiety disorder according to DSM-IV criteria.  Subjects participated in the study by answering the Anxious Thought Inventory (ANTI) and Generalized Anxiety Disorder Scale.  The data were analyzed through descriptive statistic methods and analysis of variance.Results: The study showed that there are significant relationships between anxious thoughts (health, social, and meta worries) in girls and boys, and metacognitive beliefs about worry uncontrollability (p
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