Cognitive Approaches to Understanding Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders

Steven Taylor, Jonathan S. Abramowitz, Dean McKay and Carrie Cuttler

in The Oxford Handbook of Obsessive Compulsive and Spectrum Disorders

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195376210
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199940561 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Cognitive Approaches to Understanding Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders

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This chapter focuses on cognitive models of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders. It begins with a historical perspective, in which the antecedents of cognitive models are described. Contemporary cognitive models are then reviewed, predictions derived from the models are identified, and empirical evidence for these predictions is summarized. This is followed by a review of cognitive models of four OC-related disorders: hoarding, hypochondriasis, body dysmorphic disorder, and trichotillomania. Finally, the conceptual problems with cognitive models of OCD and related disorders are identified, suggestions for improvements to the models are made, and potentially fruitful directions for future research are proposed.

Keywords: obsessive compulsive disorder; obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders; cognitive content specificity hypothesis; dysfunctional beliefs and appraisals

Article.  12551 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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