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Clarifying the Association Between Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Suicidal Behavior

Title: Clarifying the Association Between Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Suicidal Behavior.
Name(s): Moskowitz, Amanda, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2011
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Despite the high prevalence of suicide attempts amongst individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder (Kamath et al., 2007), the relationship between OCD and suicidality is under researched and studies have reported contradictory results. In the present project, we examine the connection between OCD symptoms and suicidal behavior through the lens of the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide (Joiner, 2005). In particular, we examine the role of painful and provocative experiences specific to OCD – specifically, painful compulsive behaviors – that may enhance the acquired capability for suicide. We predicted that OCD symptoms that elicit physical pain (i.e. compulsive behaviors) would be associated with suicidality and acquired capability. Additionally, we predicted that depressive symptoms would be a partial mediator between OCD and suicidal behavior. Our findings suggest that there is a significant, positive association between many OCD symptoms and suicidality. We did not find evidence for the role of compulsivity as a factor increasing the acquired capability or suicidal symptoms, when controlling for OCD and depressive symptoms. In line with our hypothesis, depressive symptoms partially mediated the relationship between OCD symptoms and suicidality. Implications and future directions are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0031 (IID)
Keywords: Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Suicide, Compulsivity
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2011.
Date of Defense: April 20, 2011.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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