Part 1—you can run but you can’t hide: intrusive thoughts on six continents

Radomsky,AS, Alcolado,GM, Abramowitz,JS, Alonso,P, Belloch,A, Bouvard,M, Clark,DA, Coles,ME, Doron,G, Fernández-Álvarez,H, Garcia-Soriano,G, Ghisi,M, Gomez,B, Inozu,M, Moulding, R, Shams,G, Sica, C, Simos,G and Wong,W 2014, Part 1—you can run but you can’t hide: intrusive thoughts on six continents, Journal of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 269-279, doi: 10.1016/j.jocrd.2013.09.002.

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Title Part 1—you can run but you can’t hide: intrusive thoughts on six continents
Author(s) Radomsky,AS
Moulding, RORCID iD for Moulding, R
Sica, C
Journal name Journal of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders
Volume number 3
Issue number 3
Start page 269
End page 279
Publisher Elsevier BV
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publication date 2014-07
ISSN 2211-3649
Summary  Most cognitive approaches for understanding and treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) rest on the assumption that nearly everyone experiences unwanted intrusive thoughts, images and impulses from time to time. These theories argue that the intrusions themselves are not problematic, unless they are misinterpreted and/or attempts are made to control them in maladaptive and/or unrealistic ways. Early research has shown unwanted intrusions to be present in the overwhelming majority of participants assessed, although this work was limited in that it took place largely in the US, the UK and other 'westernised' or 'developed' locations. We employed the International Intrusive Thoughts Interview Schedule (IITIS) to assess the nature and prevalence of intrusions in nonclinical populations, and used it to assess (n=777) university students at 15 sites in 13 countries across 6 continents. Results demonstrated that nearly all participants (93.6%) reported experiencing at least one intrusion during the previous three months. Doubting intrusions were the most commonly reported category of intrusive thoughts; whereas, repugnant intrusions (e.g., sexual, blasphemous, etc.) were the least commonly reported by participants. These and other results are discussed in terms of an international perspective on understanding and treating OCD. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jocrd.2013.09.002
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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