First published in 1991, this book consists of 13 articles that were originally published in the journal Anxiety Research. They address the topic of anxiety and self-focused attention from a variety of perspectives, representing recent advances in social, clinical and personality psychology at the time. As a whole, the book poses a stimulating theoretical challenge to traditional anxiety research, which had been dominated by psychometric issues, clinical case studies and stable personality constructs. The contributors share the view that anxiety is an emotional state of distress dependent upon specific antecedent cognitive processes such as self-awareness, perceived role discrepancy or unfavourable expectancies.
Table of Contents
Preface. Introduction Robert A. Wicklund Part 1: Self-Focus and Negative Affect 1. A Control-Process Perspective on Anxiety Charles S. Carver and Michael F. Scheier 2. Anxiety, Self-Preoccupation and Attention Irwin G. Sarason 3. Self-Evaluation and Self-Perception: The Role of Attention in the Experience of Anxiety Frederick X. Gibbons 4. Self-Consciousness, Role Discrepancy, and Depressive Affect Jay G. Hull, Nora P. Reilly and Louis C. Ennis 5. Anxiety and Depression: An Information Processing Perspective Aaron T. Beck and David A. Clark 6. The Effects of Self-Focused Attention on Perspective-Taking and Anxiety R. Glen Hass and Donna Eisenstadt 7. A Terror Management Analysis of Self-Awareness and Anxiety: The Hierarchy of Terror Tom Pyszczynski, Jeff Greenberg, Sheldon Solomon and James Hamilton Part 2: Task-Irrelevant Cognitions, Expectancies, and Performance 8. Self-Efficacy Conception of Anxiety Albert Bandura 9. Competence and Control Orientations as Predictors of Test Anxiety in Students: Longitudinal Results Günter Krampen 10. Anxiety and Attention Michael W. Eysenck 11. Thought Listing and Endorsement Measures of Self-Referential Thinking in Test Anxiety Kirk R. Blankstein, Gordon L. Flett, Paul Boase and Brenda B. Toner 12. Performance Deficits Following Failure: Integrating Motivational and Functional Aspects of Learned Helplessness Joachim Stiensmeier-Pelster and Martin Schürmann 13. Test Anxiety and Causal Attributions: Some Evidence toward Replication John J. Hedl, Jr. Subject and Author Indexes.