Moving beyond an exclusive focus on harm avoidance in obsessive compulsive disorder: considering the role of incompleteness.

@article{Pietrefesa2008MovingBA,
  title={Moving beyond an exclusive focus on harm avoidance in obsessive compulsive disorder: considering the role of incompleteness.},
  author={Ashley S. Pietrefesa and Meredith E. Coles},
  journal={Behavior therapy},
  year={2008},
  volume={39 3},
  pages={224-31}
}
Cognitive-behavioral conceptualizations of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) have predominantly viewed compulsions as being motivated by harm avoidance. However, sensations of things being incomplete or not "just right" may also underlie compulsions in OCD. Preliminary research suggests that distinguishing between harm avoidance and incompleteness in OCD may have practical utility, but the research on this topic is very limited to date. The current study further addressed the role of… CONTINUE READING

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