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

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posted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by F Aardema, Richard Moulding, A Radomsky, G Doron, J Allamby, E Souki
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.

History

Journal

Journal of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders

Volume

20

Issue

3

Pagination

306 - 315

Publisher

Elsevier BV

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

2211-3649

eISSN

2211-3657

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal