Content of the questionnaire
Target audienceAdults
ApplicationThe Meta-Cognitions Questionnaire (MCQ) has been developed to identify beliefs about worry and intrusive thoughts. It is based on a theoretical foundation which builds on meta-cognition and has been assessed (in parts together with the MCQ) in multiple studies. The MCQ can be applied for example in anxiety disorders.
CompositionThe 65 items of the Meta-Cognitions Questionnaire are distributed among the five factors/subscales: Positive worry beliefs, Beliefs about uncontrollability and danger, Beliefs about congnitive competence, General negative beliefs (including responsibility, superstition and punishment) and Cognitive self-consciousness. All items are rated on 4-point scales ranging from 1 – “Do not agree” to 4 – “Agree very much”.
Psychometric properties
Reliability & ValidityThe MCQ and its psychometric properties have been investigated in multiple studies (see literature). Support has been found for the interesting theoretical foundation as well as the five-factor structure of the Questionnaire. The assessment of reliability and validity yielded good results as well.
Literature and copyright

Wells, A. (1995). Meta-cognition and worry: A cognitive model of generalized anxiety disorder. Behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy, 23(03), 301-320.

Cartwright-Hatton, S., & Wells, A. (1997). Beliefs about worry and intrusions: The Meta-Cognitions Questionnaire and its correlates. Journal of anxiety disorders, 11(3), 279-296.

Wells, A., & Papageorgiou, C. (1998). Relationships between worry, obsessive–compulsive symptoms and meta-cognitive beliefs. Behaviour research and therapy, 36(9), 899-913.

Wells, A., & Carter, K. (1999). Preliminary tests of a cognitive model of generalized anxiety disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 37(6), 585-594.

Gwilliam, P., Wells, A., & Cartwright‐Hatton, S. (2004). Dose meta‐cognition or responsibility predict obsessive–compulsive symptoms: a test of the metacognitive model. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 11(2), 137-144.

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