Mediated and direct effects of general control beliefs on obsessive compulsive symptoms

Moulding, Richard, Kyrios, Michael, Doron, Guy and Nedeljkovic, Maja 2009, Mediated and direct effects of general control beliefs on obsessive compulsive symptoms, Canadian journal of behavioural science, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 84-92.

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Title Mediated and direct effects of general control beliefs on obsessive compulsive symptoms
Author(s) Moulding, RichardORCID iD for Moulding, Richard
Kyrios, Michael
Doron, Guy
Nedeljkovic, Maja
Journal name Canadian journal of behavioural science
Volume number 41
Issue number 2
Start page 84
End page 92
Total pages 9
Publisher American Psychological Association
Place of publication Washington, D.C.
Publication date 2009-04
ISSN 1879-2669
Keyword(s) cognitive theory
obsessive compulsive disorder
psychological needs
Summary Although control-related cognitions have often been implicated in discussions of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), empirical investigations of the relationship between control constructs and OCD symptoms have been relatively limited. This article investigated the hypothesis that OCD symptoms may be linked with a higher desire for control (DC), but a lower sense of control (SC) over the self and environment, leading to motivation for compulsive symptoms. It also investigated whether this effect was direct, or mediated through other OCD-related cognitions. This hypothesis was investigated in a nonclinical population, using path analyses controlling for depression. It was found that higher levels of DC and lower levels of SC were associated with higher levels of OCD-related beliefs, and with symptoms via higher OCD-related beliefs. SC was also directly linked with higher OCD symptoms. Control beliefs regarding both the internal (emotions) and external (threat) environment were related to OCD symptoms. Implications for therapy and research are discussed.
Language eng
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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