Journal article

Do symptom interpretations mediate the relationship between panic attack symptoms and agoraphobic avoidance?

David Berle, Vladan Starcevic, Denise Milicevic, Anthony Hannan, Karen Moses

Behav Cogn Psychother | Published : 2010

Abstract

BACKGROUND: There is little consensus as to whether agoraphobic avoidance in panic disorder is characterized by a prominence of particular symptoms and interpretations of those symptoms. AIMS: We sought to clarify the relationship between symptoms and agoraphobic avoidance and to establish whether catastrophic interpretations of symptoms mediate any such relationships. METHOD: The Symptom Checklist 90-Revised, Agoraphobic Cognitions Questionnaire and Mobility Inventory were administered to 117 patients with panic disorder who were attending an outpatient anxiety disorders clinic. RESULTS: Medium to large associations were found between most symptoms and agoraphobic avoidance and between part..

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