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  • Titill er á ensku The psychometric properties of the covert and overt reassurance seeking inventory (CORSI) in an Icelandic sample and the relationship between worries and reassurance seeking
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    Aims: The behavioral symptoms of Generalized anxiety disorder have been largely neglected in the literature. Thus, the aim of the thesis was to translate and test the psychometric properties of the Covert and Overt Reassurance Seeking Inventory (CORSI) in an Icelandic sample and to explore the relationship between worries and reassurance-seeking.
    Method: 177 students at Reykjavik University, 79 males and 98 females, participated in an online survey and answered the CORSI, the Generalised Anxiety Disorder-7, the Patient Health Questionnaire-9, the Intolerance of Uncertainty Scale, the Worry Behaviour inventory, the Penn State Worry Questionnaire, and the Social Phobia Scale.
    Results: A significant, positive correlational relationship was found between all the scales included in the study. The CORSI demonstrated an excellent internal consistency, as well as indications of strong convergent, divergent, and discriminant validity. A factor analysis indicated that a two-factor solution was the most appropriate for the CORSI in this sample. Participants categorized as “high worry” had on average significantly higher scores on the CORSI compared to participants categorized as “low worry”. In a hierarchical regression, the CORSI added a significant and a unique variance to the prediction of worry.
    Conclusion: The psychometric properties of the Icelandic version of CORSI are consistent with the English version. However, the factorial structure needs to be evaluated in a larger sample. The study suggests that future research should focus on behavioral symptoms such as excessive reassurance-seeking to improve assessment and the treatment of GAD.
    Keywords: Generalized anxiety disorder, worry, reassurance-seeking, The Covert and Overt Reassurance Seeking Inventory (CORSI), safety-seeking behaviors, threat belief.

  • 27.6.2022

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