Cognitive Therapy and Research

, Volume 25, Issue 5, pp 551–558 | Cite as

Intolerance of Uncertainty and Worry: Investigating Specificity in a Nonclinical Sample

  • Michel J. Dugas
  • Patrick Gosselin
  • Robert Ladouceur


The goal of this study was to explore the specificity of the relationship between intolerance of uncertainty and worry in a nonclinical sample. Three hundred and forty-seven university students completed measures of worry, obsessions/compulsions, and panic sensations. They also completed measures of process variables known to be associated with worry (intolerance of uncertainty), obsessions/compulsions (responsibility), and panic sensations (anxiety sensitivity). The results show that intolerance of uncertainty was highly related to worry, moderately related to obsessions/compulsions, and weakly related to panic sensations. Further, the relationship between intolerance of uncertainty and worry remained strong after shared variance with other study variables was removed. The findings are discussed in terms of their implications for understanding worry and preventing generalized anxiety disorder.

intolerance of uncertainty worry, specificity generalized anxiety disorder 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michel J. Dugas
    • 1
  • Patrick Gosselin
    • 2
  • Robert Ladouceur
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.École de PsychologieUniversité LavalQuebecCanada

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