A model of obsessive-compulsive phenomena in a nonclinical sample

Darryl J. Wade, Michael Kyrios, Henry James Jackson

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On the basis of the relevant theoretical and empirical literature, the present study investigated the merits of a psychological vulnerability model of obsessive-compulsive activity in a nonclinical sample (n = 200). The model proposed that certain personality traits, possibly mediated by negative mood, would be associated with the experience of obsessive-compulsive phenomena. Structural equation modelling indicated that obsessive-compulsive phenomena were, in part, predicted by the varying predisposing personality features of neuroticism, perfectionism, and low subscription to a set of moral principles, with negative mood an important mediator in these interrelationships. The results are discussed in the light of past findings
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-17
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian Journal of Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


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