Date of Award
MA in Psychology
In this study, we recruited 400 participants through an online platform and obtained measures of social anxiety symptoms, depressive symptoms, dysfunctional attitudes, and irrational thinking. We tested the cognitive content specificity hypothesis which predicts that anxious symptoms will be more highly correlated to irrational and dysfunctional beliefs with anxious cognitive content, and depressive symptoms would be more highly correlated with depressive cognitive content. The results were mixed, but generally showed that depressive cognitive content was more highly correlated to depressive symptoms, especially in the case of the positive association between irrational thoughts about self-depreciation and depressive symptoms.
Montalvo, Krystell Adriana, "THE COGNITIVE CONTENT SPECIFICITY HYPOTHESIS IN ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 467.