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Behav Cogn Psychother. 2015 Sep;43(5):623-34. doi: 10.1017/S1352465814000277. Epub 2014 Jun 3.

A Comparison of Manifestations and Impact of Reassurance Seeking among Japanese Individuals with OCD and Depression.

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1
Chiba University,Japan.
2
University of Tsukuba,Japan.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

One of the most common interpersonal reactions to threat and anxiety is to seek reassurance from a trusted person. The Reassurance Seeking Questionnaire (ReSQ) measures several key aspects of reassurance seeking behaviour, including frequency, trust of sources, intensity, carefulness, and the emotional consequences of reassurance seeking.

AIMS:

The current study compares patterns and consequences of reassurance seeking in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and depression.

METHOD:

ReSQ scores were compared for three groups: 32 individuals with OCD, 17 individuals with depression, and 24 healthy comparison participants.

RESULTS:

We found that individuals with OCD tended to seek reassurance more intensely and employ self-reassurance more frequently than individuals with depression or healthy participants, and that if reassurance was not provided, they tended to feel a greater urge to seek additional reassurance.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study is the first to quantitatively elucidate differences in reassurance seeking between OCD and depression.

KEYWORDS:

Obsessive-compulsive disorder; cognitive model; depression; reassurance seeking

PMID:
24892981
DOI:
10.1017/S1352465814000277
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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