Generalized anxiety disorder: A review of clinical features and theoretical concepts

Rapee R.M. (1991) Generalized anxiety disorder: A review of clinical features and theoretical concepts. Clinical Psychology Review, 11 4: 419-440. doi:10.1016/0272-7358(91)90116-C


Author Rapee R.M.
Title Generalized anxiety disorder: A review of clinical features and theoretical concepts
Journal name Clinical Psychology Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0272-7358
Publication date 1991-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0272-7358(91)90116-C
Volume 11
Issue 4
Start page 419
End page 440
Total pages 22
Language eng
Subject 2738 Psychiatry and Mental health
3203 Clinical Psychology
Abstract Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is one of the least studied and least clearly conceptualized of the anxiety disorders. The present article reviews the information which currently exists on the nature and treatment of GAD. An attempt is made to integrate clinical aspects with theoretical conceptualizations of the disorder. It is found that while the reliability of the disorder appears to be moderately good, further improvement could be made by more operationalized criteria. Further, a similarity between GAD and high trait anxiety is noted such that at a theoretical level, GAD could be conceptualized as the "basic" anxiety disorder. This point suggests that increased research into GAD may be of benefit to all of the anxiety disorders. In addition, etiological factors have received little attention, although there has been a recent surge of research interest into potential maintaining factors. A model of the maintenance of GAD from an information processing perspective is described. Finally, a number of treatment studies are reviewed indicating considerable promise but, currently, a number of limitations. It is hoped that such a review will not only highlight the importance of further research into GAD, but may also help to clarify some of the issues which require investigation.
Q-Index Code C1
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