Adult attachment insecurities are related to obsessive compulsive phenomena

Doron, Guy, Moulding, Richard, Kyrios, Michael, Nedeljkovic, Maja and Mikulincer, Mario 2009, Adult attachment insecurities are related to obsessive compulsive phenomena, Journal of social and clinical psychology, vol. 28, no. 8, pp. 1022-1049, doi: 10.1521/jscp.2009.28.8.1022.

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Title Adult attachment insecurities are related to obsessive compulsive phenomena
Author(s) Doron, Guy
Moulding, RichardORCID iD for Moulding, Richard
Kyrios, Michael
Nedeljkovic, Maja
Mikulincer, Mario
Journal name Journal of social and clinical psychology
Volume number 28
Issue number 8
Start page 1022
End page 1049
Total pages 28
Publisher Guilford Publications
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2009-10
ISSN 0736-7236
Summary Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is one of the most disabling and highly prevalent anxiety disorders. Cognitive models implicate maladaptive beliefs such as inflated sense of responsibility, perfectionism, importance/control of thoughts in the maintenance of the disorder, but little research has investigated factors that may lead to these beliefs. This paper investigated whether a dysfunctional attachment system may be one such factor, by examining how adult attachment orientations (dimensions of attachment anxiety and avoidance) relate to OCDrelated cognitions, OCD symptoms, and depression. Using structural equation modeling in a student sample (N = 446), the present study found evidence for a mediational model, where attachment dimensions contributed to OCD symptoms via OCD-related cognitions, while controlling for depression. The paper discusses the association between adult attachment orientations and OCD symptoms in the context of current cognitive-behavioral theories of OCD.
Language eng
DOI 10.1521/jscp.2009.28.8.1022
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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