First Advisor

Dennis Swiercinsky

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology and University Honors




Anxiety disorders -- Treatment, Mental health services, Social sciences -- Network analysis, Mental health education




Psychoeducation, providing essential information for a client about psychological and physiological processes, is typically the first step in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) but its content and implementation is currently underdeveloped. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a prevalent mental disorder in the United States. Often, persons with GAD and their primary care providers and family do not recognize or understand the meaning of their symptoms because of the diffuse and imprecise nature of the diagnosis. This thesis aims to investigate a systems network analysis of generalized anxiety disorder to explore suggestions for enhancing psychoeducation as an initial intervention for GAD clients. A network analysis based psychoeducation could also work as a first-step intervention for GAD clients on a wait-list for CBT. The thesis concludes with a proposal for a pilot study testing the effectiveness of a more developed psychoeducation intervention.


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