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Experiential avoidance mediates the relationship between worry and avoidance behaviors

[Speaker] Murata, Miki:1
[Co-author] Kanetsuki, Masaru:2, Shimada, Hironori:3, Hashimoto, Rui:1, Maeda, Shunta:1, Tashiro, Kyoko:3, Tanabe, Yasuko:1
1:Graduate School of Human Sciences, Waseda University (Japan), 2:Faculty of Social Policy and Administration, Hosei University (Japan), 3:Faculty of Human Sciences, Waseda University (Japan)

Worry is often regarded as an unconstructive process, but can sometimes be a constructive process (Querstret & Cropley, 2013). However, it is still unclear what makes worry unconstructive. The present study investigated the mediating effect of experiential avoidance on the relationship between worry and avoidance behaviors. In total, 201 undergraduates (128 female, 73 male; mean age = 20.58 years) completed the Penn State Worry Questionnaire (Sugiura & Tanno, 2000), Acceptance and Action Questionnaire-II (Kishita et al., 2008), and Cognitive-Behavioral Avoidance Scale (Takagaki et al., 2011).
Consistent with previous studies, the level of worry significantly predicted the level of avoidance behaviors. In addition, consistent with the hypothesis, the level of experiential avoidance mediated this relationship. These findings suggest that avoidance behaviors in worriers might be caused by experiential avoidance.
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