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Cognitive schema theories postulate that anxiety disorders are associated with excessive fear associations in memory. For generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), it has been shown that patients not only exhibit negative implicit evaluations of clearly negative worry words (e.g., cancer), but also a generalization of this effect to neutral words (e.g., diagnosis). This study assessed the sensitivity of this bias, which has been interpreted as an indicator of a pathologically broadened fear structure, to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).

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Behav Res Ther

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15 - 23


Adult, Analysis of Variance, Anxiety Disorders, Association, Attention, Case-Control Studies, Cognitive Therapy, Depression, Fear, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Generalization (Psychology), Humans, Male, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Regression Analysis, Severity of Illness Index, Treatment Outcome, Word Association Tests