Adult Attachment Insecurities are related to Obsessive Compulsive Phenomena

Guy Doron, Richard Moulding, Michael Kyrios, Maja Nedeljkovic, Mario Mikulincer

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is one of the most disabling and highly prevalent anxiety disorders. Cognitive models implicate maladaptive beliefs such as inflated sense of responsibility, perfectionism, importance/control of thoughts in the maintenance of the disorder, but little research has investigated factors that may lead to these beliefs. This paper investigated whether a dysfunctional attachment system may be one such factor, by examining how adult attachment orientations (dimensions of attachment anxiety and avoidance) relate to OCD-related cognitions, OCD symptoms, and depression. Using structural equation modeling in a student sample (N = 446), the present study found evidence for a mediational model, where attachment dimensions contributed to OCD symptoms via OCD-related cognitions, while controlling for depression. The paper discusses the association between adult attachment orientations and OCD symptoms in the context of current cognitive-behavioral theories of OCD.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1022-1049
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Social and Clinical Psychology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


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