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Psychol Psychother. 2010 Sep;83(Pt 3):317-24. doi: 10.1348/147608309X477572. Epub 2009 Nov 14.

Intolerance of uncertainty and distress associated with the experience of psychosis.

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  • 1Section of Psychological Medicine, Gartnavel Royal Hospital, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.


There is growing research interest in the role of worry processes in psychosis. This study investigated associations between intolerance of uncertainty, meta-cognitive beliefs about hallucinations and paranoia, and distress in 27 individuals with psychosis. Results suggest that intolerance of uncertainty may represent an important factor in emotional adaptation following psychosis.

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