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Title: Relational accommodation of obsessive compulsive symptoms : the role of distress tolerance
Author: Hale , Lucy
Awarding Body: University of Surrey
Current Institution: University of Surrey
Date of Award: 2013
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Background: Accommodation of symptoms related to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is common and has been associated with greater OCD symptom severity. in addition to poorer treatment outcome. Levels of accommodation also seem to be associated with family/carer mental health. However, not all families/carers accommodate the OCD symptoms to the same degree and it remains unclear as to why this variability in levels of accommodation exists. Aims: This study examines a theoretical model that suggests accommodating behaviours mediate the relationship between distress tolerance (more specifically, intolerance of uncertainty (IU) and tolerance of negative emotions; TNE) in a significant other living with someone with OCD and OCD symptom severity. Method: Thirty two adults experiencing symptoms of OCD and someone who lived with them completed a survey comprising of screening questions, demographic information and self-report questionnaires (total N=64). Results: The mediation analysis found that the 95% confidence intervals crossed zero, showing that levels of relational accommodation did not significantly mediate the relationship between IU or TNE in the significant other and OCD symptom severity. Furthermore, IV and TNE did not significantly predict levels of accommodation to the OCD symptoms. Levels of accommodation predicted OCD symptom severity (p<.05), but this did not remain significant when controlling for mental health in the significant other living with someone with OCD.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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