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Pathoplastic Vulnerability Model

Title: A Pathoplastic Vulnerability Model: An Association Between Traumatic Stressful Life Events & OCD.
Name(s): Cromer, Kiara R., author
Schmidt, Brad, professor directing thesis
Joiner, Thomas, committee member
Schatschneider, Chris, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2005
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Numerous studies have shown that throughout the human lifespan, stressful events influence the onset and course of mood and anxiety disorders. With regard to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), life-stress has been implicated as a factor in the onset of the disorder, as well as a trigger for symptom relapse. These investigations not withstanding, relatively few empirical studies have investigated the relationship between traumatic stressful life events and OCD within a pathoplastic vulnerability framework. The present study builds on the current literature by examining the potential relationships between stress and obsessive-compulsive symptomatology, including symptom severity, symptom dimensions, and psychological comorbidity. Participants included 200 outpatients from the Adult OCD Clinic at the National Institute of Mental Health. Data are generally supportive of a pathoplastic relationship between SLEs and OCD symptomatology. It was demonstrated that SLEs are linked with increased OCD symptom severity and increased mood and anxiety disorder comorbidity. Additional analyses revealed that SLEs are more strongly associated with specific symptom dimensions, including obsessions/checking and symmetry/ordering. The hoarding symptom dimension, as measured by the Saving Inventory-Revised, also demonstrated a relationship to SLEs. Implications of these findings and future directions are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3016 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2005.
Date of Defense: August 1, 2005.
Keywords: Vulnerability Model, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Traumatic Stress
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Brad Schmidt, Professor Directing Thesis; Thomas Joiner, Committee Member; Chris Schatschneider, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Cromer, K. R. (2005). A Pathoplastic Vulnerability Model: An Association Between Traumatic Stressful Life Events & OCD. Retrieved from