Cognitive Mechanisms Underlying the Link Between Anxiety, Health Behaviors, and Illness Outcomes: Commentary on a Special Issue

Aliza T. Stein, Slaton Z. Freeman, Jasper A.J. Smits

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Abstract

This commentary synthesizes research examining cognitive mechanisms underlying the links between anxiety, health behaviors, and illness outcomes. We provide a brief summary of contributions to this special issue and review common themes and methodological limitations. Notably, a number of related constructs emerged as amplification factors, increasing vulnerability to psychopathology and maladaptive health behaviors. These include anxiety sensitivity, distress and discomfort intolerance, emotion regulation, health literacy, and repetitive negative thinking. Finally, we discuss clinical implications, and conclude with suggestions for further research in this area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-138
Number of pages8
JournalCognitive Therapy and Research
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 15 2019

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Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Health behaviors
  • Transdiagnostic

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  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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Cognitive Mechanisms Underlying the Link Between Anxiety, Health Behaviors, and Illness Outcomes : Commentary on a Special Issue. / Stein, Aliza T.; Freeman, Slaton Z.; Smits, Jasper A.J.

In: Cognitive Therapy and Research, Vol. 43, No. 1, 15.02.2019, p. 131-138.

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