Stimulus control applications to the treatment of worry

T. D. Borkovec, Lenore Wilkinson, Rowland Folensbee, Caryn Lerman

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As an internal, self-generated event, worrisome cognitive activity can occur under a wide variety of environmental conditions. The contiguity of the activity and diverse cues would suggest that poor discriminative control is established, and, conversely, that subject-initiated restriction of the temporal and environmental cues for the occurrence of the activity may reduce its frequency during the day. Two experiments are reported wherein self-labeled worriers received either no-treatment or a 4-week trial of stimulus control instructions designed to effect such a restriction. Daily worry reports were found to decline significantly among treated subjects relative to controls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-251
Number of pages5
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1983

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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