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The metacognitions questionnaire – short form (MCQ-30)

Title of the Portuguese Version

Questionário de Metacognições – versão reduzida

Original Version

Halberstadt (1986)

Portuguese Version

Dinis, A., Pinto-Gouveia, J., & Xavier, A. (2011)

General Description

The MCQ-30 measures individual differences in a selection of metacognitive beliefs, judgments and monitoring tendencies. The scale comprised five factors: (Lack of) Cognitive Confidence (6 items), Positive Beliefs about Worry (6 items), Cognitive Self-Consciousness (6 items), Negative Beliefs about Uncontrollability and Danger (6 items) and Need to Control Thoughts (6 items). Each item is assessed on a 4-point scale (1= do not agree to 4 = agree very much). The Portuguese version showed a good internal consistency, temporal stability and convergent and divergent validities for each scale.

  • Dinis, A., & Pinto-Gouveia, J. (2011). Estudo das características psicométricas da versão portuguesa do Questionário de Metacognições – Versão reduzida e do Questionário de Meta-preocupação. Psychologica, 54, 281-307.

  • Wells, A., & Cartwright-Hatton, S. (2004). A short form of the metacognitions questionnaire: Properties of the MCQ-30. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 42, 385-396. doi:10.1016/S0005-7967(03)00147-5


José Pinto-Gouveia – jpgouveia@fpce.uc.pt

Alexandra Dinis – alexandra.m.b.dinis@gmail.com