Extension of the Transdiagnostic Model to Focus on Intolerance of Uncertainty

A Review of the Literature and Implications for Treatment

Danielle A. Einstein*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study reviews research on the construct of intolerance of uncertainty (IU). A recent factor analysis (Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, 2012, p. 533) has been used to extend the transdiagnostic model articulated by Mansell (2005, p. 141) to focus on the role of IU as a facet of the model that is important to address in treatment. Research suggests that individual differences in IU may compromise resilience and that individuals high in IU are susceptible to increased negative affect. The model extension provides a guide for the treatment of clients presenting with uncertainty in the context of either a single disorder or several comorbid disorders. By applying the extension, the clinician is assisted to explore two facets of IU, "Need for Predictability" and "Uncertainty Arousal."

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-300
Number of pages21
JournalClinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2014


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