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A situationally specific measure of trait anxiety based on the Endler model was a better predictor of pre-operative state anxiety than the STAI trait anxiety scale in 54 patients undergoing colonoscopy. Lower self-reported pre-operative anxiety was found for (a) repressors, who report low trait anxiety and high defensiveness on the Marlowe-Crown scale, than for (b) truly low anxious patients, who report low trait anxiety and low defensiveness.


Journal article


Br J Clin Psychol

Publication Date



28 ( Pt 1)


89 - 90


Adaptation, Psychological, Anxiety, Colonoscopy, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Repression-Sensitization