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Examination of Interpretation Bias Modification for Intolerance of Uncertainty

Title: Examination of Interpretation Bias Modification for Intolerance of Uncertainty.
Name(s): Oglesby, Mary, author
Schmidt, Norman B., professor directing thesis
Cougle, Jesse R. (Jesse Ray), committee member
Kaschak, Michael P., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (56 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Intolerance of uncertainty (IU) has been proposed as an important transdiagnostic variable within various anxiety and mood disorders. It has been suggested that individuals high in IU may interpret ambiguous information in a more threatening manner. A parallel line of research has begun to show that interpretive biases can be modified through cognitive training. Specifically, previous research aimed at modifying negative interpretations through Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM-I) has yielded promising results. Despite the suggested negative interpretation bias for ambiguous information among those high in IU, and the emerging evidence for CBM-I protocols, no research to date has examined the efficacy of an IU focused CBM-I paradigm. The current study investigated the impact of a brief IU focused CBM-I on reductions in IU. The sample comprised 79 undergraduate individuals who were randomly assigned to the active (IU CBM-I) or control CBM-I condition. Results indicated no significant differences in IU in individuals in the control versus active condition from pre-intervention to one month follow-up. Furthermore, change in interpretation bias did not mediate the relationship between condition and reductions in IU (pre-intervention to one month follow-up) through change in interpretation bias. Exploratory analyses found a significant interaction between condition and time from pre- to post-intervention, suggesting that individuals in the active (versus the control) condition evidenced significantly lower IU from pre- to post-intervention. Results of the present study are discussed in terms of theoretical models of IU and directions for future research.
Identifier: FSU_2016SP_Oglesby_fsu_0071N_13220 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2016.
Date of Defense: April 5, 2016.
Keywords: anxiety, interpretation bias, intolerance of uncertainty
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
Clinical psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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