Death Anxiety and Its Relationship With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

@article{Menzies2017DeathAA,
  title={Death Anxiety and Its Relationship With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder},
  author={Rachel E. Menzies and Ilan Dar-Nimrod},
  journal={Journal of Abnormal Psychology},
  year={2017},
  volume={126},
  pages={367–377}
}
The studies presented in this article explored the relevance of death fears to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). In Study 1, the relationships between death anxiety and a variety of markers of psychopathology were examined in 171 treatment-seeking participants with OCD. Moderate to large correlations between Collett-Lester Fear of Death scale scores, taken at initial assessment, and clinical ratings of OCD severity, number of hospitalizations, number of medications, and total number of… 

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