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Psychopathology. 2011;44(4):272-6. doi: 10.1159/000323607. Epub 2011 May 6.

The relationship between insight and uncertainty in obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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  • 1Unité de recherche clinique intersectorielle en psychiatrie, Centre Hospitalier Henri Laborit, INSERM CIC-P 0802, CHU et faculté de médecine de Poitiers, Poitiers, France. nemat.jaafari@ch-poitiers.fr

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  • Psychopathology. 2011;44(5):319.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between the levels of insight and checking-related uncertainty in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

SAMPLING AND METHODS:

Twenty OCD patients with checking compulsions and without current comorbidity were recruited. We used an experimental paradigm that gave subjects the opportunity to check during a decision-making task, thereby allowing for the calculation of a response time index (RTI) as the 'uncertainty cost' during decision-making. The level of insight was assessed with the Brown Assessment of Beliefs Scale (BABS).

RESULTS:

Regression analyses indicated a significant positive correlation between RTI and BABS scores (r = 0.49).

CONCLUSIONS:

The level of insight is related to cognitive characteristics underlying OCD symptoms, in particular, checking-related uncertainty in checking OCD patients.

STUDY LIMITATIONS:

The absence of a comparison group and the low number of included patients are the main limitations of the present study.

Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.

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