Anxiety - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780126574012, 9781483258256


1st Edition

Current Trends in Theory and Research

Editors: Charles D. Spielberger
eBook ISBN: 9781483258256
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1972
Page Count: 268
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Anxiety: Current Trends in Theory and Research, Volume I, seeks to facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of anxiety phenomena. This volume emerged from a symposium on Anxiety: Current Trends in Theory and Research held at Florida State University in the spring of 1970. The symposium brought together persons who have made important contributions to the understanding of anxiety phenomena and provided them with an opportunity to react to each other's ideas. One of the main goals of the symposium was to stimulate confrontation among opposing views with the expectation that this would, at least, provide clarification of terminology and eliminate the semantic confusion plaguing the field. The volume is organized into three parts. Part I presents an overview of the unique theoretical perspective and research objectives with which each contributor has approached the topic of anxiety. It also provides background information and historical perspective for the reader with limited familiarity with this area. Part II contains papers focusing on the nature and measurement of anxiety. Part III deals with the neurophysiological and biochemical aspects of anxiety. This work is intended primarily for psychologists and students of psychology, but it should be of interest to any behavioral or medical scientist concerned with a more comprehensive understanding of personality and psychopathology.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors



Contents of Volume II

Part I Introduction

Chapter 1. Current Trends in Theory and Research on Anxiety

Historical Perspective

Anxiety: Current Trends in Theory and Research


Part II The Nature and Measurement of Anxiety

Chapter 2. Anxiety as an Emotional State

The Concept of Emotion

Anxiety as an Emotional State

The Measurement of Anxiety States

Toward a Trait-State Theory of Anxiety



Chapter 3. Anxiety: a Variable Combination of Interacting Fundamental Emotions

A Conceptual Analysis of Anxiety

Some Differences among Theories of Emotion and Anxiety

Empirical Analysis of "Anxiety"

Summary and Conclusions


Comments on Dr. Izard's Paper

Comments on Dr. Izard's Paper

Chapter 4. The Nature and Genesis of Mood States: a Theoretical Model with Experimental Measurements Concerning Anxiety, Depression, Arousal, and Other Mood States


The Basis for Differentiating the Concepts of States, Traits, and Trait Change Factors

The Expansion of the Traditional R-Technique Specification Equation to Incorporate States and Trait-Change Factors

The Use of Coordinated R-, dR-, and P-Technique Experiments to Effect Separation and Identification of Trait, Trait Change, and State Structures

Further Characteristics Needing Definition in the State Model: Measurement Origins, Frequency, and Speed of Oscillation

The Integration of State Research with the Concepts of State Liability and Modulation

The State and Trait Variances to be Expected under R-, dR-, and P-Designs

Conditions Required for Defining Anxiety, in Relation to Effort Stress, Arousal, Depression, and Fear

The Nature and Theoretical Distinction of Anxiety, Effort Stress, Arousal, Depression, and Fear

Anxiety and Other States Defined in a Theory of Dynamic Process


Comments on Dr. Cattell's Paper


Part III Neurophysiological and Biochemical Aspects of Anxiety

Chapter 5. Anxiety and Impulsiveness: Toward a Neuropsychological Model

Overview of Research Project and Rationale

Psychometric Research (Human)

Laboratory Behavioral Research (Human)

Psychophysiological Research (Human)

Everyday Life Experiences (Human)

Infrahuman Research

Toward a Neuropsychological Model of Impulsiveness and Anxiety


Comments on Dr. Barratt's Paper

Chapter 6. A Brief Commentary on the "Psychiatric Breakthrough" with Emphasis on the Hematology of Anxiety

The Hematology of Anxiety

A Critical Commentary on Breakthrough Research


Comments on Dr. Levitt's Paper

Author Index

Subject Index


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Charles D. Spielberger

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