I Chose The Article By Alexander M. Penney

1023 WordsMay 1, 20175 Pages
Anxiety is a disorder many people are quick to self-diagnose. While anxiety is a very serious disorder, I believe it is important to educate and seek professional advice before assuming you are someone who suffers from this disorder. I chose the article by Alexander M. Penney, Dwight Mazmanian, & Caitlin Rudanycz because I was that person I previously mentioned. I suffered for years from what I assumed was severe anxiety and it wasn’t until I sought professional help that I was finally able to understand and better control the situation at hand. 1. Background – Positive and negative beliefs play a major role in much of society’s thinking processes, decision-making, attitude and outlook on life. These beliefs contribute to trait…show more content…
c. Procedures used & Description of “what they did”. - Each participant was given a set of four different self-report questionnaires. 1. The English Worry and Anxiety Questionnaire asked participants to provide a list of their six daily worry subjects. 2. The Penn State Worry Questionnaire to determine how often they worry about said subject and the level of worry it causes them. 3. The English Why Worry II, a questionnaire that pertained only to positive beliefs. 4. The Metacognitions Questionnaire; a tool that measures beliefs, memory and through awareness. d. What was measured? What were the variables? – The English Worry and Anxiety Questionnaire measured general anxiety disorder symptoms. A high score represented more symptoms. The Penn State Worry Questionnaire measured the severity of trait worrying. The higher the score the more severe. The English Why Worry II measured the correlation of positive beliefs and worry. A high score indicated stronger beliefs in positive correlation. A subscale was also implemented to measure worry aids, worry motivates, worry protects from negative emotions after negative events, the act of worrying prevents negative events, being a high worrier is a good personality trait. The Metacognitions Questionnaire measured beliefs regarding worry, memory and thought awareness. It also consisted of five subscales that measured: positive beliefs,
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