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ERIC Number: EJ796844
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1077-7229
Cognition about Cognition: Metacognitive Therapy and Change in Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Social Phobia
Wells, Adrian
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, v14 n1 p18-25 Feb 2007
Metacognitive theory and therapy views the persistence of negative beliefs and thoughts as a result of metacognitions controlling cognition. This paper describes, with reference to the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and social phobia, how metacognition contributes to cognitive stability and to change. Metacognitive therapy offers a level of formulation and intervention that does not focus predominantly on challenging the content of negative thoughts and beliefs that are emphasized in traditional cognitive therapy. The focus of treatment in GAD is on erroneous beliefs about worry and unhelpful mental regulation strategies. In treating social phobia, a greater emphasis is placed on modifying attention and worry processes and on configuring processing during and after behavioral experiments. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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