The mediating effect of cognitive development on children's worry elaboration

Grist, Rebecca M and Field, Andy P (2012) The mediating effect of cognitive development on children's worry elaboration. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 43 (2). 801 - 807. ISSN 0005-7916

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Abstract

The present study investigated how developmentally determined cognitive mechanisms, holding theoretical links to the worry process, mediate the relationship between Age and Worry Elaboration in children. Sixty-four children aged 3e7 (M 5.58, SD 1.28) were presented with a Conservation of Liquid task assessing their Cognitive Development (specifically Concrete Operational Skills), a false-belief task to measure possession of BeliefeDesire Theory of Mind, and a task measuring the ability to acknowledge multiple possibilities. The ability to elaborate on potential negative outcomes was assessed using a Worry Elaboration task. Mediation analysis revealed that all three variables significantly mediated the relationship between Age and Worry Elaboration. A multiple mediation model is presented in which Concrete Operational Skills, BeliefeDesire Theory of Mind and Multiple Possibilities understanding mediate the relationship between Age and Worry Elaboration.

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Depositing User: Rebecca Grist
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2012 10:02
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2013 12:47
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/37756
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