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Why Can’t I Stop Thinking About It? Cognitive Mediators in the Relationship Between Neuroticism and Obsessing

Pfaltz, Monique and Mörstedt, Beatrice and Meyer, Andrea and Wilhelm, Frank and Kossowsky, Joe and Michael, Tanja. (2015) Why Can’t I Stop Thinking About It? Cognitive Mediators in the Relationship Between Neuroticism and Obsessing. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 74 (2). pp. 75-82.

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Abstract

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a severe anxiety disorder characterized by frequent obsessive thoughts and repetitive behaviors. Neuroticism is a vulnerability factor for OCD, yet the mechanisms by which this general vulnerability factor affects the development of OCD-related symptoms are unknown. The present study assessed a hierarchical model of the development of obsessive thoughts that includes neuroticism as a general, higher-order factor, and specific, potentially maladaptive thought processes (thought suppression, worry, and brooding) as second-order factors manifesting in the tendency toward obsessing. A total of 238 participants completed questionnaires assessing the examined constructs. The results of mediator analyses demonstrated the hypothesized relationships: A positive association between neuroticism and obsessing was mediated by thought suppression, worry, and brooding. Independent of the participant's sex, all three mediators contributed equally and substantially to the association between neuroticism and obsessing. These findings extend earlier research on hierarchical models of anxiety and provide a basis for further refinement of models of the development of obsessive thoughts.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Klinische Psychologie und Epidemiologie (Lieb)
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Klinische Psychologie und Psychiatrie (Stieglitz)
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie (Gaab)
UniBasel Contributors:Kossowsky, Joe and Meyer, Andrea Hans and Pfaltz, Monique Christine and Abt-Mörstedt, Beatrice and Wilhelm, Frank H and Michael, Tanja
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Hans Huber
ISSN:1421-0185
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Deposited On:19 Oct 2018 15:21

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