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The relationship between disgust sensitivity, anxiety and obsessions

The relationship between disgust sensitivity, anxiety and obsessions

Thorpe, S.J., Patel, S.P. and Simonds, L.M. (2003) The relationship between disgust sensitivity, anxiety and obsessions. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 41 (12). pp. 1397-1409. ISSN 0005-7967 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0005-7967(03)00058-5)

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Abstract

Three hundred participants, including volunteers from an obsessional support group, filled in questionnaires relating to disgust sensitivity, health anxiety, anxiety, fear of death, fear of contamination and obsessionality as part of an investigation into the involvement of disgust sensitivity in types of obsessions. Overall, the data supported the hypothesis that a relationship does exist between disgust sensitivity and the targeted variables. A significant predictive relationship was found between disgust sensitivity and total scores on the obsessive compulsive inventory (OCI; Psychological Assessment 10 (1998) 206) for both frequency and distress of symptomatology. Disgust sensitivity scores were significantly related to health anxiety scores and general anxiety scores and to all the obsessional subscales, with the exception of hoarding. Additionally, multiple regression analyses revealed that disgust sensitivity may be more specifically related to washing compulsions: frequency of washing behaviour was best predicted by disgust sensitivity scores. Washing distress scores were best predicted by health anxiety scores, though disgust sensitivity entered in the second model. It is suggested that further research on the relationship between disgust sensitivity and obsessionality could be helpful in refining the theoretical understanding of obsessions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] First published online: 12 July 2003. [2] Published in print: December 2003.
Uncontrolled Keywords: disgust sensitivity, obsession, obsessive-compulsive disorder, OCD, health anxiety, washing compulsions
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences
School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences > Centre for Numerical Modelling & Process Analysis > Computational Science & Engineering Group
School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences > Centre for Numerical Modelling & Process Analysis > Fire Safety Engineering Group
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/645

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