Metacognitions questionnaire-30 (MCQ-30)

1.    Worrying helps me to avoid problems in the future
2.    My worrying is dangerous for me
3.    I think a lot about my thoughts
4.    l could make myself sick with worrying
5.    I am aware of the way my mind works when l am thinking through a problem
6.    If I did not control a worrying thought‚ and then it happened‚ it would be my fault.
7.    l need to worry in order to remain organised.
8.    I have little confidence in my memory for words and names
9.    My worrying thoughts persist‚ no matter how I try to stop them.
10.Worrying helps me to get things sorted out in my mind
11.I cannot ignore my worrying thoughts.
12.I monitor my thoughts
13.I should be in control of my thoughts all of the time.
14.My memory can mislead me at times
15.My worrying could make me go mad
16.l am constantly aware of my thinking
17.I have a poor memory
18.l pay close attention to the way my mind works
19.Worrying helps me cope
20.Not being able to control my thoughts is a sign of weakness
21.When l start worrying I cannot stop
22.I will be punished for not controlling certain thoughts
23.Worrying helps me to solve problems.
24.I have little confidence in my memory for places
25.It is bad to think certain thoughts.
26.I do not trust my memory
27.If l could not control my thoughts‚ I would not be able to function
28.I need to worry‚ in order to work well.
29.l have little confidence in my memory for actions
30.I constantly examine my thoughts
1= Do not agree‚ 2= Agree slightly‚ 3 = Agree moderately‚ 4=Agree very much
Subscales are calculated by summing the following items:
– (Lack of) Cognitive Confidence: 8‚ 14‚ 17‚ 24‚ 26 and 29
– Positive Beliefs about Worry: 1‚ 7‚ 10‚ 19‚ 23 and 28
– Cognitive Self-Consciousness: 3‚ 5‚ 12‚ 16‚ 18 and 30
– Negative Beliefs about Uncontrollability and Danger: 2‚ 4‚ 9‚ 11‚ 15 and 21
– Need to Control Thoughts: 6‚ 13‚ 20‚ 22‚ 25 and 27
This instrument can be found at:

Wells‚ A.‚ & Cartwright-Hatton‚ S. (2004). A short form of the metacognitions questionnaire: Properties of the MCQ-30. Behaviour Research and Therapy‚ 42(4)‚ 385-396.