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J Anxiety Disord. 2010 Oct;24(7):759-66. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2010.05.009. Epub 2010 May 24.

Worry, emotion control, and anxiety control in older and young adults.

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Department of Psychology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506-6040, United States.


Young adults worry more than older adults; however, few studies have examined why age differences may exist in the frequency of worry. The present study aimed to identify age differences in worry frequency, and examine the relation of age and worry to control over one's emotions and control over anxiety. Older adults worried less often than young adults; however, young women worried more often than young men and older adults. Also, young women reported less control over their anxiety and less control over the external signs of their emotions compared to young men and older adults. Worriers had less perceived control over their anxiety, less control over the inner experience of emotions, and less control over the external signs of emotion.

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