Is ambiguity tolerance an important factor that can distinguish between depression and anxiety?

[Speaker] Tomono, Takanari:1
1:Miyagi Gakuin Women's University (Japan)

The present study examined whether the correlation between ambiguity tolerance and depression or state anxiety more strongly distinguished between depression and anxiety. Participants were 392 college students (186 men, 206 women) who completed the new Ambiguity Tolerance Scale, the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale, and the state anxiety subscale of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. Correlation analyses showed that ambiguity tolerance was negatively correlated with depression and state anxiety. The correlated correlation coefficients compared using the Meng-Rosenthal-Rubin method showed that the correlation between ambiguity tolerance and state anxiety was significantly stronger than the correlation between ambiguity tolerance and depression. These results suggest that ambiguity tolerance is an important factor that may be able to distinguish between depression and anxiety.
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