Content of the questionnaire
Target audienceAdults
ApplicationThe Thought Control Questionnaire – Revised (TCQ-R) has been developed to measure control over worry, intrusive, unwanted thoughts. This may for example occur in generalised anxiety disorders, depression or even attention deficit disorders. The TCQ-R and its underlying hypothesized theory have been investigated in multiple studies.
CompositionThe 30 items of the TCQ-R are distributed among the five factors/subscales reappraisal, distraction, punishment, social control and worry. All items are rated on 4-point scales ranging from 1 – “Never” to 4 – “Almost always”.
Psychometric properties
Reliability & ValidityThe psychometric properties of the TCQ-R have been assessed in multiple studies (see literature). The factor structure with five factors has been supported and appropriate values have been found in correlations with relevant, similar scales as well as in the reliability of the TCQ-R subscales.
Literature and copyright

Wells, A., & Davies, M. I. (1994). The Thought Control Questionnaire: A measure of individual differences in the control of unwanted thoughts. Behaviour research and therapy32(8), 871-878.

Wells, A. (1995). Meta-cognition and worry: A cognitive model of generalized anxiety disorder. Behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy23(03), 301-320.

Reynolds, M., & Wells, A. (1999). The Thought Control Questionnaire–psychometric properties in a clinical sample, and relationships with PTSD and depression. Psychological Medicine29(05), 1089-1099.

Wells, A., & Papageorgiou, C. (1998). Relationships between worry, obsessive–compulsive symptoms and meta-cognitive beliefs. Behaviour research and therapy36(9), 899-913.

Wells, A., & Carter, K. (1999). Preliminary tests of a cognitive model of generalized anxiety disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy37(6), 585-594.

Luciano, J. V., Belloch, A., Algarabel, S., Tomás, J. M., Morillo, C., & Lucero, M. (2006). Confirmatory factor analysis of the White Bear Suppression Inventory and the Thought Control Questionnaire: A comparison of alternative models. European Journal of Psychological Assessment22(4), 250-258.

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