The MCQ is 65-item measure of beliefs about worrying thoughts‚ attitudes and processes associated with cognition. The scale consists of 5 factor-derived subscales including positive beliefs; beliefs about uncontrollability and danger of thoughts; cognitive confidence; need for control‚ responsibility and punishment and cognitive self-consciousness (Wells‚ 1997). The subscales demonstrate adequate to good internal consistencies and adequate to very good test-retest reliabilities (Roemer‚ 2001).
1= Do not agree‚ 2= Agree slightly‚ 3 = Agree moderately‚ 4=Agree very much
1. Worrying helps me to avoid problems in the future
2. My worrying is dangerous for me
3. l have difficulty knowing if I have actually done something or just imagined it.
4. I think a lot about my thoughts
5. l could make myself sick with worrying
6. I am aware of the way my mind works when l am thinking through a problem
7. If I did not control a worrying thought‚ and then it happened‚ it would be my fault.
8. If I let my worrying thoughts get out of control‚ they will end up controlling me
9. l need to worry in order to remain organised.
10. I have little confidence in my memory for words and names
11. My worrying thoughts persist‚ no matter how I try to stop them.
12. Worrying helps me to get things sorted out in my mind
13. I cannot ignore my worrying thoughts.
14. I monitor my thoughts
15. I should be in control of my thoughts all of the time.
16. My memory can mislead me at times
17. I could be punished for not having certain thoughts
18. My worrying could make me go mad
19. If I do not stop my worrying thoughts‚ they could come true….
20. I rarely question my thoughts
21. Worrying puts my body under a lot of stress
22. Worrying helps me to avoid disastrous situations
23. l am constantly aware of my thinking
24. I have a poor memory
25. l pay close attention to the way my mind works
26. People who do not worry‚ have no depth
27. Worrying helps me cope
28. I imagine having not done things and then doubt my memory for doing them.
29. Not being able to control my thoughts is a sign of weakness
30. If l did not worry‚ I would make more mistakes
31. I find it difficult to control my thoughts
32. Worrying is a sign of a good person
33. Worrying thoughts enter my head against my will
34. If I could not control my thoughts I would go crazy
35. l will lose out in life if l do not worry
36. When l start worrying I cannot stop
37. Some thoughts will always need to be controlled
38. I need to worry‚ in order to get things done.
39. I will be punished for not controlling certain thoughts
40. My thoughts interfere with my concentration
41. It is alright to let my thoughts roam free
42. I worry about my thoughts.
43. I am easily distracted.
44. My worrying thoughts are not productive.
45. Worry can stop me from seeing a situation clearly
46. Worrying helps me to solve problems.
47. I have little confidence in my memory for places
48. My worrying thoughts are uncontrollable.
49. It is bad to think certain thoughts.
50. If I do not control my thoughts‚ I may end up embarrassing myself
51. I do not trust my memory
52. I do my clearest thinking when I am worrying
53. My worrying thoughts appear automatically
54. l would be selfish if I never worried
55. If l could not control my thoughts‚ I would not be able to function
56. I need to worry‚ in order to work well.
57. l have little confidence in my memory for actions
58. I have difficulty keeping my mind focused on one thing for a long time
59. If a bad thing happens which I have not worried about‚ I feel responsible
60. It would not be normal‚ if I did not worry
61. I constantly examine my thoughts
62. If I stopped worrying‚ l would become glib‚ arrogant and offensive
63. Worrying helps me to plan the future more effectively
64. I would be a stronger person if I could worry less
65. It would be stupid and complacent not to worry
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