Skip to main content

Using Metacognitions to Identify Emotionally Vulnerable College Students

Buy Article:

$31.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Objective : To examine the association between negative metacognitions and indices of mental health in order to help identify individuals at risk for future psychopathology.

Method : A randomly selected sample of 378 undergraduates responded to the General Health Questionnaire and the Metacognitions Questionnaire.

Results : A curvilinear relationship emerged between negative metacognitive beliefs and social dysfunction. Beliefs about uncontrollability and danger accounted for about 29 of the variance and beliefs about cognitive competence accounted for an additional 1. Worry correlated with mental health scores in both sexes. Beliefs about uncontrollability and danger, beliefs about cognitive competence and general negative beliefs discriminated nonclinical subjects high in both anxiety and depression.

Conclusions : Modification of metacognitive beliefs can help prevent psychopathology.
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
No Data/Media
No Metrics

Keywords: cognitive competence; cognitive self-consciousness; mental health; metacognitive beliefs

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Mohaghegh Ardabili., Ardabil, Iran.

Publication date: 2008-11-01

More about this publication?
  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.

  • Editorial Board
  • Information for Authors
  • Submit a Paper
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Review Board
  • Reprints and Permissions
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more