Title: Illness-specific catastrophic thinking and overperception in asthma
Authors: De Peuter, Steven ×
Lemaigre, Valentine
Van Diest, Ilse
Van den Bergh, Omer #
Issue Date: Jan-2008
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Series Title: Health Psychology vol:27 issue:1 pages:93-99
Abstract: Objective: This study investigated the role of illness-specific catastrophic thinking in symptom perception
in asthma. Design and Main Outcome Measures: A total sample of 72 patients with intermittent to
moderate persistent asthma completed the Catastrophizing about Asthma Scale and completed the
Asthma Symptom Checklist to measure retrospective symptom reporting. In addition, symptoms were
concurrently assessed during different respiratory challenges eliciting mild and ambiguous versus salient
and pronounced symptoms. Results: Catastrophic thinking in general, when patients are not having an
exacerbation, is related to an increase in emotional symptoms, especially in ambiguous situations where
respiratory difficulties could occur. Catastrophic thinking during exacerbations is related to an increase
in emotional symptoms as well as in respiratory symptoms during respiratory challenges. Conclusion:
These strong relationships between catastrophic thinking and increased perception of asthma symptoms
suggest a link between illness-specific catastrophic thinking and overperception. Consequently, catastrophic
thoughts are an important target for psychological interventions in support of drug treatment.
ISSN: 0278-6133
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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× corresponding author
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