The interaction between positive metacognitive beliefs about worry and attentional control predicts problem-solving style

[Speaker] Mukai, Hidefumi:1
[Co-author] Sugiura, Yoshinori:1
1:Hiroshima University (Japan)

Wells(2009) has proposed Self-regulatory executive function model(S-REF) to explain process inducing worry, which focuses on the role of attentional control(AC) and metacognitive beliefs. However, positive metacognitive beliefs about worry(PMBW) was weakly correlated with worry(Wells & Carter, 1999). In this regard, adaptive aspects of both PMBW and worry(Davey et al., 1992) may weaken the relationship between PMBW and worry. Based on the role of AC in information processing behind worrying, current study aimed to examine moderating effect by AC of the relationship between PMBW and problem-solving style(PSS). 106 participants completed questionnaires of PMBW, PSS, and AC. Hierarchical regression analysis revealed that interaction of PMBW and AC on PSS was significant(ΔR2=.08, p<.001). Simple slope analysis indicated that PMBW was related to adaptive PSS for individuals with high AC(B=-1.92, p<.001). Results suggested that adaptive aspects of PMBW may weaken the relationship between PMBW and worry.
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