Journal article

Interpersonal reassurance seeking in obsessive-compulsive disorder and its relationship with checking compulsions.

Vladan Starcevic, David Berle, Vlasios Brakoulias, Peter Sammut, Karen Moses, Denise Milicevic, Anthony Hannan

Psychiatry Res | Published : 2012


This study aimed to examine interpersonal reassurance seeking (IRS) in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and the relationship between IRS and checking compulsions. One hundred and forty adults with OCD underwent a comprehensive assessment, which included obtaining information on seeking reassurance from others because of their obsessions. Sixty-seven (47.9%) participants reported IRS. They exhibited more psychopathology than participants without IRS, tended to have a greater overall severity of OCD and were far more likely to have checking compulsions. Participants with IRS also had more severe obsessions, suggesting that IRS plays a role as an additional coping strategy when obsessions ar..

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