Emotion regulation difficulties in obsessive-compulsive disorder

Yap, K, Mogan, C, Moriarty, H, Dowling, N, Blair-West, S, Gelgec, C and Moulding, R 2018, 'Emotion regulation difficulties in obsessive-compulsive disorder', Journal of Clinical Psychology, vol. 74, no. 4, pp. 695-709.


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Title Emotion regulation difficulties in obsessive-compulsive disorder
Author(s) Yap, K
Mogan, C
Moriarty, H
Dowling, N
Blair-West, S
Gelgec, C
Moulding, R
Year 2018
Journal name Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume number 74
Issue number 4
Start page 695
End page 709
Total pages 15
Publisher John Wiley and Sons
Abstract Objective: Emotion regulation difficulties are implicated in psychological disorders but their role in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is unclear. Two studies examining these difficulties in OCD are presented. Method: A community sample (Study 1; n = 306) and a clinical OCD sample (Study 2; n = 59) completed the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS) and measures of depression, anxiety, and OCD. In Study 2, the OCD sample was compared to a matched control group (n = 59, selected from Study 1). Results: In Study 1, OCD was positively correlated with DERS total and subscale scores, and the DERS significantly predicted OCD severity even after accounting for age, gender, depression, and anxiety. In Study 2, emotion regulation difficulties were significantly higher in the clinical sample compared to the matched control group, even after accounting for depression and anxiety. Conclusion: Results showed that emotion regulation difficulties in OCD cannot simply be attributed to mood difficulties. Theoretical and treatment implications are discussed. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Keyword(s) difficulties in emotion regulation
emotion dysregulation
obsessive-compulsive disorder
OCD
DOI - identifier 10.1002/jclp.22553
Copyright notice © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
ISSN 0021-9762
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