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Meghan Rieu Werden


Relationships between gastrointestinal (GI) problems, anxiety, and depression were investigated in two studies using non-clinical populations. Study 1 measures included the trait anxiety scale from the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), the Center for Epidemiology Studies Depression scale (CES-D), and the Trauma Symptom Checklist (TSC-40). Study 2 measures included the STAI, and the Profile of Mood States (POMS), portions of which were used to assess anxious mood state and depressed mood state. Trait anxiety predicted stomach cramps; anxious mood state predicted nausea and general GI problems; and depression predicted stomach problems. Findings suggest that psychological factors may be involved in physical symptoms.

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Meghan Werden graduated from Bridgewater State College in May 2008, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. This paper was written for a Directed Study in Psychology under the mentorship of Dr. Elizabeth Spievak, and was presented in poster form at the ATP 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.

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