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Dissociation and Anxiety Sensitvity

Title: Dissociation and Anxiety Sensitvity: A New Challenge Paradigm.
Name(s): Norr, Aaron Martin, author
Schmidt, Norman B., professor directing thesis
Cougle, Jesse R., committee member
Kaschak, Michael P., committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Anxiety sensitivity (AS) has become one of the most well researched risk factors for the development of psychopathology. Research has found that the AS subfactor of cognitive concerns may be play an important role in PTSD, depression, and suicide. Fear reactivity to biological challenges (or laboratory procedures that induce symptoms of anxiety) have long been used as behavioral measures of AS. However, fear reactivity to these biological challenges correlates most strongly with AS physical concerns due to the induction of primarily physical symptoms of anxiety (e.g., racing heart, shortness of breath). Brief computerized interventions have proven successful in reducing overall AS, although these interventions have also focused on the nature of physical symptoms of anxiety. The current study (N = 59) investigated the relationship between fear reactivity to the induction of dissociative symptoms and AS cognitive concerns, as well as the efficacy of a computerized AS cognitive concerns focused brief intervention. The results demonstrated that individuals with higher AS cognitive concerns experienced greater fear reactivity to dissociative symptoms than individuals with lower AS cognitive concerns. Additionally, there was a significant effect of intervention condition such that individuals in the active treatment condition had lower AS cognitive concerns after the intervention controlling for baseline levels of AS cognitive concerns. The current study provides initial evidence of the utility of using fear reactivity to a dissociation challenge as a behavioral correlate of AS cognitive concerns. The current study also found successful amelioration of AS cognitive concerns though a brief computerized psychoeducation protocol.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-9060 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: June 2, 2014.
Keywords: Anxiety, Anxiety Sensitivity, Computerized Intervention, Dissociation
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Norman B. Schmidt, Professor Directing Thesis; Jesse R. Cougle, Committee Member; Michael P. Kaschak, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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