Self-based concepts and obsessive-compulsive phenomena

Ahern, Claire, Kyrios, Michael and Moulding, Richard 2015, Self-based concepts and obsessive-compulsive phenomena, Psychopathology, vol. 48, no. 5, pp. 287-292, doi: 10.1159/000437333.

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Title Self-based concepts and obsessive-compulsive phenomena
Author(s) Ahern, Claire
Kyrios, Michael
Moulding, RichardORCID iD for Moulding, Richard
Journal name Psychopathology
Volume number 48
Issue number 5
Start page 287
End page 292
Total pages 6
Publisher Karger
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2015-10
ISSN 1423-033X
Keyword(s) self-ambivalence
obsessive-compulsive disorder
moral self-worth
Summary BACKGROUND/AIMS: Using a cognitive framework, this paper examined self-perceptions as a vulnerability to phenomena in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Specifically, Guidano and Liotti's model of self-ambivalence (from 1983) and the notion of self-worth contingent upon moral standards were investigated as possible mechanisms to explain how individuals come to notice their unwanted intrusions. METHOD: Using an analogue framework, participants were first-year undergraduate psychology students (95 females, mean age = 22.49 years, SD = 7.96, and 25 males, mean age = 21.64 years, SD = 7.26) who were administered a battery of self-report questionnaires. RESULTS: Results indicated that self-ambivalence moderated the relationship between high moral standards and obsessive-compulsive (OC) phenomena; individuals who had high moral standards and high self-ambivalence showed increased OC vulnerability. CONCLUSIONS: The findings suggest that ambivalence about moral self-worth may constitute a particular vulnerability to OC symptoms. Directions for future research are discussed and implications of the findings explored.
Language eng
DOI 10.1159/000437333
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
1103 Clinical Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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