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The relationship between disgust sensitivity, anxiety and obsessions

Thorpe, SJ, Patel, SP and Simonds, LM (2003) The relationship between disgust sensitivity, anxiety and obsessions Behavior Research and Therapy, 41 (12). pp. 1397-1409.

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300 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; Foa, Kozak, Salkovskis, Coles and Amir, 1998) 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
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Thorpe, SJ
Patel, SP
Simonds, LM
Date : December 2003
DOI : 10.1016/S0005-7967(03)00058-5
Uncontrolled Keywords : disgust sensitivity, obsession, obsessive-compulsive disorder, health anxiety, washing compulsions, COMMON INDIGENOUS ANIMALS, COMPULSIVE DISORDER, EATING-DISORDERS, SPIDER PHOBIA, SYMPTOMS, FEARS, DISEASE, DOMAINS, GENDER, SCALE
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published in Thorpe SJ, Patel SP, Simonds LM (2003). The relationship between disgust sensitivity, anxiety and obsessions. Behavior Research and Therapy 41(12):1397-1409. BEHAVIOR, RESEARCH AND THERAPY is available at
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 09 May 2012 10:30
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:36

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