Robert Holaway

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  • Content and correlates of checking related to symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder JOURNAL OF ANXIETY DISORDERS Coleman, S. L., Pieterefesa, A. S., Holaway, R. M., Coles, M. E., Heimberg, R. G. 2011; 25 (2): 293-301


    In addition to the central role of compulsive behaviors in obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), recent data have documented the presence of compulsive behaviors in individuals with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). However, there is a lack of information about potential similarities and differences with regard to the quality, or content, of checking associated with worry and obsessions. The two studies presented herein are an initial step towards gathering this information. Findings of Study 1, from a large unselected undergraduate sample, showed that symptoms of OCD and GAD were both significantly associated with checking behaviors. However, while OCD symptoms were associated with checking related to both objects and interpersonal situations, GAD symptoms were only significantly associated with interpersonal checking. Findings of Study 2, using a separate sample, suggest links between interpersonal checking and features characteristic of GAD, namely emotion regulation difficulties, and between object checking and a cognitive feature of OCD, namely thought-action fusion. In summary, the current studies add to a growing body of literature suggesting that checking may be important in numerous forms of psychopathology, while also suggesting that the nature and function of checking may differ for various symptom profiles.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.janxdis.2010.09.014

    View details for Web of Science ID 000287009100020

    View details for PubMedID 21242055

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