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Neutralizing increases discomfort associated with obsessional thoughts : an experimental study with obsessional patients

Salkovskis, P. M. and Thorpe, S. J. and Wahl, K. and Wroe, A. L. and Forrester, E.. (2003) Neutralizing increases discomfort associated with obsessional thoughts : an experimental study with obsessional patients. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Vol. 112, H. 4. pp. 709-715.

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Abstract

Cognitive-behavioral theories suggest that the development of neutralizing is crucial in the development and persistence of obsessional problems (OCD). Twenty-nine patients with a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed., American Psychiatric Association, 1994) diagnosis of OCD were randomly allocated to 2 conditions. Both listened to repeated recorded presentations of their intrusive thoughts and either neutralized (experimental group) or distracted themselves (control). Discomfort was rated during this 1st phase and then during a 2nd phase without neutralizing or distraction. The experimental group showed a similar level of discomfort in the 1st phase, which significantly reduced during the period compared with controls. The experimental group experienced significantly more discomfort during the 2nd phase, and significantly stronger urges to neutralize and distract at the end of this phase than controls.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology
UniBasel Contributors:Wahl, Karina
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:American Psychological Association
ISSN:0145-2339
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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