Examining differential relationships among self-reported attentional control, depression, and anxiety in a transdiagnostic clinical sample.

Affiliation

Behavioral Health Partial Hospital Program, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA, United States; Mood Disorders Laboratory, Institute for Mental Health Research, University of Texas at Austin, 305 E 23rd St., Stop E9000, Austin, TX, United States. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Poor attentional control, defined as difficulty focusing attention on a task or shifting attention flexibly between tasks, is a transdiagnostic construct theorized to confer risk for, and maintain, depression and anxiety. Research to date in non-clinical samples has suggested a dissociable relationship between the two factors of self-reported attentional control and psychopathology, with depression being associated with difficulties shifting and anxiety being associated with focusing. However, to our knowledge no study has tested this differential set of relationships in a clinical sample.

Keywords

Anxiety,Attentional control,Depression,Focusing,Shifting,