Psychological Approaches to Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Christine Purdon

in Oxford Handbook of Anxiety and Related Disorders

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195307030
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Psychological Approaches to Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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In this chapter, cognitive behavioral approaches to understanding the development, persistence, and treatment of OCD are described, with emphasis on the work of Foa, Rachman, and Salkovskis. Developments of these central models by D. A. Clark, Frost, O'Connor, and Purdon are also described. Brief summaries of the empirical evidence supporting those models and of the efficacy of CBT in the treatment of OCD are provided.

Keywords: cognition; cognitive behavioral theories; cognitive behavioral therapy; exposure with response prevention; hoarding; obsessive-compulsive disorder

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Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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