Bailey, Robin and Wells, Adrian (2015) Metacognitive beliefs moderate the relationship between catastrophic misinterpretation and health anxiety. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 34 . pp. 8-14. ISSN 08876185
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2015.05.005
Catastrophic misinterpretations of bodily symptoms have a central role in cognitive-behavioural models of health anxiety. However, the metacognitive (S-REF) model postulates that psychological disturbance is linked more to beliefs about thinking i.e., metacognition. Equally the relationship between catastrophic misinterpretation and health anxiety should be moderated by metacognition, in particular negative beliefs about the uncontrollability and danger of thinking (MCQNeg). Participants (N = 351) completed measures to examine the relationship between these variables. Results indicated positive relationships between metacognition, catastrophic misinterpretation, and health anxiety. Moderation analysis showed that the effect of catastrophic misinterpretations on health anxiety was explained by the proposed interaction with metacognition. Follow-up regression analysis demonstrated the interaction term explained variance in health anxiety when controlling for other variables, and was a stronger unique predictor of health anxiety than catastrophic misinterpretation. Metacognition appears to be an important factor in the relationship between catastrophic misinterpretation and health anxiety, and would have important implications for existing models and treatment.
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||Health anxiety; Metacognition; Catastrophic misinterpretation; Moderation; S-REF model|
|Subjects:||B - Subjects allied to medicine > B700 - Nursing|
|Schools:||Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Community Health and Midwifery|
|Deposited By:||Hayley Tyrer|
|Deposited On:||04 Feb 2016 15:00|
|Last Modified:||09 Aug 2016 15:24|
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