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Metacognition: A Common Factor Across Psychological Disorders

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 15:59 -- loracapo

A recent meta-analysis by Sun, Zhu and Ho-Wai So (2017) found that metacognition was common across psychological disorders. The results support the S-REF model which states that dysfunctional metacognitions are elevated in psychiatric disorders.

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New evidence comparing the metacognitive model and cognitive behavioural therapy model for social anxiety disorder.

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 15:33 -- kudos_admin

A recent study by Nordahl & Wells (2017) found that the metacognitive model that emphasised negative metacognitive beliefs about the uncontrollability and danger of thoughts and cognitive confidence was a significantly better model than the cognitive model. 

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Exciting research on cognitive & metacognitive predictors of symptom improvement in social anxiety disorder!

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 13:10 -- kudos_admin

Exciting research on cognitive & metacognitive predictors of symptom improvement in social anxiety disorder!

A recent study found that although both cognitive and metacognitive beliefs decreased throughout treatment in patients with social anxiety disorder, metacognitive beliefs were the only independent predictor across all outcomes !

Metacognitive change may be more important than cognitive belief change in symptom outcome and recovery in SAD.

New randomized Controlled trial on MCT for Depression

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 13:09 -- kudos_admin

New randomized controlled trial on MCT for depression found that 70-80% of patients were classified as recovered at post treatment and follow up! Link to the full article here:

The study was also recently mentioned in a DailyMail article that discussed MCT for Depression ! Link to that article can be found here:

Long term follow-up of generalized anxiety treated with MCT shows superiority over CBT is maintained

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 14:13 -- kudos_admin

A 30-month follow-up study of patients treated with MCT or Intolerance of uncertainty therapy showed that both treatments maintained their gains but MCT remained superior statistically and clinically with patients showing greater sustained efficacy.


Reference: van der Heiden, C., & Melchior, K (in press). European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare, Vol 2, issue 4.

Metacognitive Therapy has advantages over Exposure Therapy in traumatic stress

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 10:18 -- kudos_admin

In a recent study published in a special issue of the Journal: Cognitive Therapy and Research metacogniitve therapy was compared with exposure therapy and a control condition in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. MCT produced effects more rapidly then exposure and was more effective at the end of treatment. At follow-up MCT showed maintenance of gains but at that point the exposure group had caught up. 

Can the metacognitive model of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and chronic worry in adults be applied to children?

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 13:05 -- Anonymous

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen and University of Sussex report 2 studies in: Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology that begin to answer this important question. The study found that in a community sample of 587 youth aged 7-17 years metacognitive beliefs that are central in the model explained unique variation (14%) in worry scores beyond the effects of gender, age and anxiety. In study 2, children aged 7-12 with and without a diagnosis of generalized anxiety were compared.

New Study suggests metacognitive therapy could be more effective than CBT

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 13:05 -- kudos_admin

A recently published meta-analysis by independent researchers at the Universities of Copenhagen and Amsterdam examined the effectiveness of metacognitive therapy (MCT) for anxiety and depression. In a paper published in the journal: Anxiety and Depression, data was analysed from 16 studies of which 9 were controlled trials. The authors report large effects from pre to post treatment and demonstrated that MCT was more effective than waitlist control groups and more effective than cognitive-behaviour therapy.

New Independent Study Finds Metacognitive Therapy to be More Effective in Treating Worry and Generalized Anxiety

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 10:07 -- kudos_admin

A Dutch group of Clinical Psychologists have published the results of a large scale trial examining the effects of MCT when compared with a form of CBT in the treatment of GAD. They report that both treatments were effective and that MCT was superior on most outcome measures. MCT produced recovery rates in worry in excess of 70% at post-treatment and at follow-up. These rates are consistent with those obtained in earlier trials of MCT and provide independent confirmation of the effectiveness of metacognitive therapy.