Feared consequences of panic attacks in panic disorder: a qualitative and quantitative analysis.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Cognitions are hypothesized to play a central role in panic disorder (PD). Previous studies have used questionnaires to assess cognitive content, focusing on prototypical cognitions associated with PD; however, few studies have qualitatively examined cognitions associated with the feared consequences of panic attacks. The purpose of this study was to conduct a qualitative and quantitative analysis of feared consequences of panic attacks. The initial, qualitative analysis resulted in the development of 32 categories of feared consequences. The categories were derived from participant responses to a standardized, semi-structured question (n = 207). Five expert-derived categories were then utilized to quantitatively examine the relationship between cognitions and indicators of PD severity. Cognitions did not predict PD severity; however, correlational analyses indicated some predictive validity to the expert-derived categories. The qualitative analysis identified additional areas of patient-reported concern not included in previous research that may be important in the assessment and treatment of PD.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Raffa, SD; White, KS; Barlow, DH

Published Date

  • 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 33 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 199 - 207

PubMed ID

  • 15625794

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1650-6073

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/16506070410033356


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England