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Cognitive processing and anxiety in typically developing children: evidence for an interpretation bias

Hadwin, Julie, Frost, Susie, French, Christopher and Richards, Anne (1997) Cognitive processing and anxiety in typically developing children: evidence for an interpretation bias Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 106, (3), pp. 486-490.

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In this study the authors examined whether increases in children's levels of self-reported trait anxiety would be related to their interpretation of ambiguous stimuli. By using the Revised Children's Manifest Anxiety Scale (C. R. Reynolds & B. O. Richmond, 1985), the authors obtained measurements of anxiety for 40 children ages 7 and 9 years. Interpretation of ambiguous stimuli was measured by using a pictorial homophone task, where homophones could be interpreted as either threatening or neutral. Results showed that children's interpretations of homophones was significantly predicted by level of anxiety. Increases in levels of trait anxiety were positively associated with threatening interpretations of homophones.

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Published date: 1997


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Date deposited: 18 Jul 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:36

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Author: Julie Hadwin
Author: Susie Frost
Author: Christopher French
Author: Anne Richards

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