Year of Publication

2012

Degree Type

Honors Thesis

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Department

Psychology

Degree Name

Interdisciplinary Honors

First Advisor

Dr. Brian Fisak

Abstract

Problem-solving metacognitions, including responsibility to continue to think about a problem and a low confidence in problem-solving, have been hypothesized to be associated with pathological worry; however, these metacognitive variables have received surprisingly little attention in the research literature. As a result, the purpose of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of the Problem-Solving Related Metacognitions Questionnaire (PSRMCQ), translated to English from Japanese. A sample of 241 non-referred college students completed the PSRMCQ, along with a measure of worry symptoms and a measure of other commonly examined metacognitions. The PSRMCQ measure was found to exhibit strong internal consistency. Further, the PSRMCQ was found to be associated with worry symptoms. Adequate incremental validity was also found, as the PSRMCQ was found to predict worry symptoms after controlling for other commonly examined metacognitive variables. Overall, these findings provide support for the association of the problem-solving metacognitions and worry, and the findings have the potential to inform cognitive treatments for pathological worry and generalized anxiety disorder.

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