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Worry and its Psychological Disorders: Theory, Assessment and Treatment

Graham C. Davey (Editor), Adrian Wells (Co-Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-01278-9
428 pages
April 2006
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Anxiety-based disorders are among the most common mental health problems experienced in the population today. Worry is a prominent feature of most anxiety-based disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Written by international experts, Worry and its Psychological Disorders offers an up-to-date and complete overview of worry in a single volume. Divided into four sections, the book explores the nature of worry, the assessment of worry, contemporary theories of chronic and pathological worry, and the most recently developed treatment methods. It includes in-depth reviews of new assessment instruments and covers treatment methods such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Metacognitive Therapy. Useful case studies are also included.

This important volume provides an invaluable resource for clinical practitioners and researchers. It will also be of relevance to those studying clinical or abnormal psychology at advanced level.

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About the Editors.

List of Contributors.


Part I: The Nature of Worry.

Chapter 1: The Epidemiology of Worry and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (Robert M. Holaway, Thomas L. Rodebaugh, and Richard G. Heimberg).

Chapter 2: Worry and Rumination: Styles of Persistent Negative Thinking in Anxiety and Depression (Costas Papageorgiou).

Chapter 3: Worry in Psychopathology (Christine Purdon and Jennifer Harrington).

Chapter 4: Worry and Information-processing (Gerald Matthews and Gregory J. Funke).

Chapter 5: Worry in Older Adults (Julie L. Wetherell).

Chapter 6: Worry in Childhood and Adolescence (Sam Cartwright-Hatton).

Part II: The Assessment of Worry.

Chapter 7: The Penn State Worry Questionnaire (PSWQ) (Helen M. Startup and Thane M. Erickson).

Chapter 8: The Anxious Thoughts Inventory and Related Measures of Metacognition and Worry (Adrian Wells).

Chapter 9: Assessment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (Cynthia L. Turk and Andrew T. Wolanin).

Chapter 10: The Catastrophising Interview Procedure (Graham C.L. Davey).

Part III: Theories of Chronic and Pathological Worry.

Chapter 11: The Metacognitive Model of Worry and Generalised Anxiety Disorder (Adrian Wells).

Chapter 12: A Cognitive Model of Generalized Anxiety Disorder: The Role of Intolerance of Uncertainty (Naomi Koerner and Michel J. Dugas).

Chapter 13: A Mood-As-Input Account of Perseverative Worrying (Graham C.L. Davey).

Chapter 14: The Cognitive Avoidance Theory of Worry (Nicholas J. Sibrava and T.D. Borkovec).

Part IV: Treatment Methods

Chapter 15: Metacognitive Therapy for Worry and Generalised Anxiety Disorder (Adrian Wells).

Chapter 16: Applied Relaxation and Cognitive Therapy for Pathological Worry and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (T.D. Borkovec).

Chapter 17: A Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Targeting Intolerance of Uncertainty (Melisa Robichaud and Michel J. Dugas).

Chapter 18: Pharmacological Treatments for Worry: Focus on Generalised Anxiety Disorder (Ian M. Anderson and Marisha E. Palm).

Chapter 19: Case Histories: Treating Worry Across Disorders (Paul King).

Chapter 20: The Efficacy of Psychological Treatments for Generalised Anxiety Disorder? (Peter L. Fisher).

Chapter 21: Predictors of Treatment Outcome (Robert C. Durham).


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Graham Davey is Professor of Psychology at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK. He has been an active researcher in areas associated with anxiety and its disorders, especially pathological worrying, phobias, and perseverative psychopathologies generally. He has published his research in many high-impact international journals including Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Behavioral & Brain Sciences, Journal of Experimental Psychology, and Behaviour Research & Therapy. He has authored or edited a total of 11 books, including Davey, G.C.L. (1997) (Ed) Phobias: A handbook of theory, research and treatment, Chichester:Wiley,andDavey, G.C.L.&Tallis, F. (1994) (Eds) Worrying: Perspectives on theory, assessment and treatment, Chichester: Wiley. He was elected President of the British Psychological Society from 2002–2003.

Adrian Wells is Professor of Clinical & Experimental Psychopathology at the University of Manchester, and Professor II in Clinical Psychology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim. He is Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Manchester Mental Health Trust. He has published over 100 scientific papers and book chapters in the area of cognitive theory and therapy of emotional disorders. His books include Wells, A. (1997) Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders: A Practice Manual and Conceptual Guide, Chichester, UK: Wiley, and Wells, A. (2000) Emotional Disorders and Metacognition: Innovative Cognitive Therapy, Chichester, UK: Wiley. He is the originator of metacognitive therapy and has also contributed to the development of cognitive therapy for anxiety disorders. He is a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, USA.

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