This study reports consistent findings from a series of construct domain studies of self-related worry cognitions in terms of failure outcome expectancies in 18 samples of adolescent girls and boys from different ethnic groups in five countries on three continents. A multifacet measurement design was applied to inquire into the domain by means of a combination of generalizability theory and confirmatory factor modelling. The series of results provided consistent support for the distinction between self-referenced and other-referenced worry cognitions. Among other factors the students were shown to be more differentiated by other-referenced cognitions than self-referenced cognitions. The findings may suggest a reconceptualization of the domain of worry cognitions.
KEYWORDS: multifacet measurement design, domain of worry cognitions, self- and other-referenced worry cognitions.