The Cognitive Content of Naturally Occurring Worry Episodes

  title={The Cognitive Content of Naturally Occurring Worry Episodes},
  author={Marianna Szab{\'o} and Peter F. Lovibond},
  journal={Cognitive Therapy and Research},
Fifty-seven participants were selected to represent a wide range on the dimension of worry proneness. They monitored and listed their worrisome thoughts in a diary for 7 days, and rated the uncontrollability of each recorded worry episode. Content analysis revealed that 48% of worrisome thoughts could be categorized as reflecting a problem-solving process, 17% as anticipation of future negative outcomes, 11% as “rumination,” and 5% as reflecting “palliative” thoughts and “self blame.” The… CONTINUE READING