A catastrophizing assessment of worrisome thoughts

  • Vasey M
  • Borkovec T
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Examined cognitive products of anxiety related to the automatic questioning style proposed by P. C. Kendall and R. E. Ingram (1987) in the context of chronic worry using a method modeled after the cognitive therapy technique of decatastrophizing. 48 college students self-identified as worriers and nonworriers participated. As chronic worriers generated sequences of possible catastrophic consequences for 2 worry topics, they generated significantly more catastrophic steps than nonworriers. Also, worriers reported a significant increase in subjective discomfort as catastrophizing progressed, while nonworriers' reports revealed no change. Worriers rated the events in their sequences as significantly more likely to actually occur than nonworriers. These results are consistent with those of Ingram and Kendall. (PsycINFO Database Copyright 1993 American Psychological Assn, all rights reserved).

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  • anxiety
  • cognitive assessment
  • decatastrophizing method
  • worry

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  • Michael W. Vasey

  • Thomas D. Borkovec

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