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Does anxiety sensitivity cause panic symptoms? An experimental investigation


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Anxiety sensitivity (AS), also known as the “fear of fear,” refers to the fear of anxiety-related sensations based on beliefs about their harmful physical, social or cognitive consequences (Reiss & McNally, 1985). The present study aimed to directly examine the causal relationship between AS and panic symptoms by experimentally inducing the fear of anxiety-related body sensations in normal individuals and examining the effects on measures of panic symptoms. Data were collected from a college-age sample ( N=63: Control condition n = 30; Experimental condition n = 33). As hypothesized, results indicated that participants in the false feedback condition engaged in more avoidance on a behavioral task, had more catastrophic thoughts specific to fainting, were more vigilant to body sensations specific to fainting, had higher peak anxiety, and experienced more body sensations compared to participants in the control condition. Thus, experimentally-induced anxiety sensitivity in normal individuals produced a pattern of cognitive, affective, and behavioral responses consistent with those observed among individuals with panic disorder. This study provides direct experimental evidence to support the causal role of AS in panic symptoms highlighted in cognitive-behavioral models.

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Subject
Clinical psychology
Classification
0622: Clinical psychology
Identifier / keyword
Psychology; Anxiety sensitivity; Panic disorder
Title
Does anxiety sensitivity cause panic symptoms? An experimental investigation
Author
Dixon, Laura J.
Number of pages
73
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0264
Source
MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124259307
Advisor
Deacon, Brett J.
Committee member
Pepper, Carolyn M.; Sherline, Edward
University/institution
University of Wyoming
Department
Psychology
University location
United States -- Wyoming
Degree
M.S.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1482378
ProQuest document ID
761377064
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/761377064
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