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Fear of self and obsessionality: development and validation of the Fear of Self Questionnaire

Aardema, Frederick, Moulding, Richard, Radomsky, Adam S., Doron, Guy, Allamby, Jude and Souki, Eman 2013, Fear of self and obsessionality: development and validation of the Fear of Self Questionnaire, Journal of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 306-315, doi: 10.1016/j.jocrd.2013.05.005.

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Title Fear of self and obsessionality: development and validation of the Fear of Self Questionnaire
Author(s) Aardema, Frederick
Moulding, RichardORCID iD for Moulding, Richard orcid.org/0000-0001-7779-3166
Radomsky, Adam S.
Doron, Guy
Allamby, Jude
Souki, Eman
Journal name Journal of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders
Volume number 20
Issue number 3
Start page 306
End page 315
Total pages 10
Publisher Elsevier BV
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2013
ISSN 2211-3649
2211-3657
Keyword(s) Fear of Self Questionnaire
OCD
self-themes
ambivalence
obsessive beliefs
inferential confusion
Summary Obsessions – particularly those directly relating to causing harm – often contain or imply evaluative dimensions about the self, reflecting a fear as to who the person might be – or might become. Following from research indicating that such beliefs are relevant to OCD, and the wider literature in social psychology regarding ‘feared’ or ‘undesired’ self-guides, the current study describes the development and validation of a new questionnaire—the Fear of Self Questionnaire, in 8- and 20-item versions.

The questionnaire was piloted in two non-clinical samples (n=258; n=292). Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses supported the unidimensionality of the measure. The questionnaire showed a strong internal inconsistency, and good divergent and convergent validity, including strong relationships to obsessional symptoms and with other processes implicated in cognitive models of OCD (e.g. obsessive beliefs, inferential confusion). Implications are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jocrd.2013.05.005
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2013
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30056255

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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