Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

First Committee Member

Russell T. Hurlburt

Number of Pages



Descriptive Experience Sampling (DES) is used to examine the inner experience of seven individuals who have been diagnosed with at least one anxiety disorder and four control individuals. Idiographic results for each of the 11 participants are provided, including a description of frequent and rare/unique experiences of each participant. These results are followed by between participant nomothetic comparisons. Among the results, it was found that anxious participants experienced more indefinite figure-ground and concrete experiences when compared to controls. Anxious participants are also more likely than controls to engage in negative valence self-evaluations and rate moments as being anxious. There is also some evidence to support the notion that, overall, anxious and depressive symptoms decrease over the course of sampling regardless of group affiliation; Following the results, implications of findings from this study and future recommendations are discussed.


Anxiety; Anxiety Descriptive; Descriptive Experience Sampling; Descriptive; Examination; Experiences; Inner Experience; Sampling; Subjective

Controlled Subject

Clinical psychology

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3.47 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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