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Effects of Repeated Checking on Responsibility for Harm Appraisals

Title: The Effects of Repeated Checking on Responsibility for Harm Appraisals.
Name(s): Oglesby, Mary, 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: Research has found that individuals with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) report heightened levels of responsibility for harm when compared to anxious and non-clinical control subjects (Cougle, Lee, & Salkovskis, 2007). Responsibility for harm is hypothesized to have a causal role in the disorder, but inflated responsibility may also be a consequence of OCD symptoms. The aim of the current study was to test the effects of repeated checking, a common compulsion for individuals with OCD, on responsibility for harm appraisals. Following the completion of several self-report measures, including an instrument assessing threat estimation and responsibility beliefs, non-clinical participants (N=101) were randomized into one of three conditions: 1) 20 checks on a functional, electric stove, 2) 20 checks on four water bottles, or 3) a combination 10 water bottle checks followed by 10 stove checks. Ratings of responsibility for harm related to the stove were taken at baseline and following task completion. Moderator analyses indicated that, among participants with lower threat estimation and responsibility beliefs, both stove checking conditions experienced greater responsibility for harm following the checking task compared to the water bottle checking condition. Among those participants high in threat estimation and responsibility, no differences in post-task responsibility ratings were found between conditions. Overall, these findings suggest that inflated responsibility beliefs may be both a cause and a consequence of compulsive checking.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0033 (IID)
Keywords: Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Responsibility, Repeated checking
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2011.
Date of Defense: April 7, 2011.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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Oglesby, M. (2011). The Effects of Repeated Checking on Responsibility for Harm Appraisals. Retrieved from