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Strategies of thought control in obsessive-compulsive disorder.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9256520     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Intrusive anxiety-provoking thoughts are a core feature of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Recent research suggests that individuals use five different techniques of thought control including: distraction, punishment, re-appraisal, social control, and worry. The purpose of the present study was to examine the strategies of thought control used by OCD patients compared to those used by non-anxious controls. In addition, the relationship of method of thought control and domains of OCD-related psychopathology were investigated. Results revealed that OCD patients used punishment, worry, reappraisal, and social control more often than non-patients. Conversely, distraction was used more often by non-patients than OCDs. Interestingly, punishment was the strongest discriminator of OCDs and non-patients mostly because of the low frequency of its use by non-patients. Furthermore, punishment and worry were the only methods of thought control that correlated with OCD symptomatology. These results suggest that OCD patients may use maladaptive methods of thought control when faced with obsessions.
N Amir; L Cashman; E B Foa
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Behaviour research and therapy     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0005-7967     ISO Abbreviation:  Behav Res Ther     Publication Date:  1997 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-09-29     Completed Date:  1997-09-29     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372477     Medline TA:  Behav Res Ther     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  775-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, Allegheny University of the Health Sciences, Philadelphia, PA 19129, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Case-Control Studies
Middle Aged
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder / physiopathology*
Thinking / physiology*
Volition / physiology*
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