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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 3/2014

01-04-2014 | Original Paper

Searching for Danger: On the Link Between Worry and Threat-Related Confirmation Bias in Children

Auteurs: Peter Muris, Suradj Debipersad, Birgit Mayer

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 3/2014

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Abstract

The present study examined the relationship between worry and threat-related confirmation bias in children. Forty non-clinical children aged 10–12 years completed the child version of the Penn State Worry Questionnaire as a cognitive index of anxiety proneness, and then were administered a modified version of the Wason Selection Task to assess verifying and falsifying reasoning strategies in response to conditional danger rules. Results demonstrated that children with high levels of worry displayed a stronger tendency towards verification and a weaker inclination towards falsification than children with low levels of worry. This finding indicates that confirmation bias occurs in individuals with a general vulnerability to anxiety, and fits well with current theoretical models in which cognitive distortions are viewed as risk factors predisposing to the development of fear and anxiety problems.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Searching for Danger: On the Link Between Worry and Threat-Related Confirmation Bias in Children
Auteurs
Peter Muris
Suradj Debipersad
Birgit Mayer
Publicatiedatum
01-04-2014
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 3/2014
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-013-9727-0