Date of Graduation

Summer 2019


Master of Science in Psychology



Committee Chair

William Deal


In recent years an increasing number of studies have examined anxiety-related metacognitive beliefs and their relationship to anxiety disorder diagnoses and treatment outcome. However, no study to date has examined changes in metacognitive beliefs following induced anxiety. The aim of the present study is to examine the relationship between changes in state anxiety and worry-related metacognitive beliefs. Participants completed baseline measures of anxiety and metacognitions before either being exposed to a control stimulus or worry-inducing stimulus. Following exposure participants completed anxiety and metacognition measures once again. Group means comparison analyses and correlations are reported. Results suggest state anxiety can be negatively influenced by a brief, worrisome exposure. Inconclusive results about changes in anxiety and metacognitions, limitations of the present study, and implications for future research are discussed.


state anxiety, worry, metacognition, induced anxiety, beliefs

Subject Categories

Clinical Psychology


© Heather Lynn Clark

Open Access