Comparison of Anxiety Disorders Symptoms and Related Transdiagnostic Factors in Individuals with Cancer and Healthy Individuals


1 Department of Psychology, Neyshabur Branch, Islamic Azad University, Neyshabur, Iran.

2 Standards and Health Technologies Unit, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.


Introduction: The aim of this study was comparison of anxiety disorders symptoms and related transdiagnostic factors in individuals with cancer and healthy individuals.
Materials and Methods: In a causal-comparative study, 30 individual with cancer and 30 normal individual were selected by available sampling method. The groups were matched in demographic characteristics whit together. The participates completed Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-item (GAD-7) scale (2006), severity measure for panic disorder-adult (2013), Social Phobia Inventory (2000), cognitive avoidance questionnaire (2008), intolerance of uncertainty scale (1994), metacognition questionnaire (2004), acceptance and action questionnaire-II (2011) and cognitive emotion regulation questionnaire (2006). Data were analyzed by SPSS22 software, using univariate analysis of variance (ANOVA). The significance level was 0.05.
Results: The results showed that there is significant difference between two groups in generalized anxiety and panic symptoms (P<0.05). However, there isn't significant difference in social anxiety symptoms (P>0.05). Also, there is significant difference between two groups in all transdiagnostic factors (P<0.05).
Conclusions: Individual with cancerexperience more intensity of anxiety disorders symptoms and relatedtransdiagnostic factors.