The relationship between anxiety sensitivity (AS) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has beenwidely recognized. The specific relationships between AS dimensions and OCD symptom dimensions are less often investigated and the existing studies have shown several limitations and have reported inconsistent results. The present study analyzed the role of AS dimensions in OCD, focusing on different types of OCD symptoms. Dimensional selfreport measures of AS and OCD were administered to a clinical sample (86 OCD patients), together with measures of depression, anxiety, and obsessive beliefs. At a bivariate level, the symmetry dimension of OCD was strongly correlated with the social dimension of AS and moderately with the physical and cognitive dimensions. The other OCD and AS dimensions were weakly correlated or uncorrelated. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that the symmetry dimension wasmainly predicted by the social AS dimension and, to a lesser extent, by obsessive beliefs, while the responsibility for harm and mistakes dimension was predicted by obsessive beliefs, but not by the AS dimensions. Unexpectedly, the unacceptable thoughts and contamination OCD symptom dimensions were not predicted by any of the considered variables. Theoretical and clinical implications for the results pertaining to symmetry-related OCD symptoms are discussed.

Anxiety sensitivity and obsessive-compulsive symptom dimensions: Further evidence of specific relationships in a clinical sample / Poli, Andrea; Melli, Gabriele; Ghisi, Marta; Bottesi, Gioia; Sica, Claudio. - In: PERSONALITY AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES. - ISSN 0191-8869. - STAMPA. - 109:(2017), pp. 130-136. [10.1016/j.paid.2017.01.002]

Anxiety sensitivity and obsessive-compulsive symptom dimensions: Further evidence of specific relationships in a clinical sample

SICA, CLAUDIO
2017

Abstract

The relationship between anxiety sensitivity (AS) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has beenwidely recognized. The specific relationships between AS dimensions and OCD symptom dimensions are less often investigated and the existing studies have shown several limitations and have reported inconsistent results. The present study analyzed the role of AS dimensions in OCD, focusing on different types of OCD symptoms. Dimensional selfreport measures of AS and OCD were administered to a clinical sample (86 OCD patients), together with measures of depression, anxiety, and obsessive beliefs. At a bivariate level, the symmetry dimension of OCD was strongly correlated with the social dimension of AS and moderately with the physical and cognitive dimensions. The other OCD and AS dimensions were weakly correlated or uncorrelated. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that the symmetry dimension wasmainly predicted by the social AS dimension and, to a lesser extent, by obsessive beliefs, while the responsibility for harm and mistakes dimension was predicted by obsessive beliefs, but not by the AS dimensions. Unexpectedly, the unacceptable thoughts and contamination OCD symptom dimensions were not predicted by any of the considered variables. Theoretical and clinical implications for the results pertaining to symmetry-related OCD symptoms are discussed.
2017
109
130
136
Poli, Andrea; Melli, Gabriele; Ghisi, Marta; Bottesi, Gioia; Sica, Claudio
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