© 2015 International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy. Although there are several studies in the literature assessing the role of dysfunctional "obsessive beliefs" in the development of obsessive-compulsive (OC) symptoms, little is known about the contribution of these beliefs among adolescents. In this study 966 adolescents aged between 13 and 16 years completed questionnaires measuring obsessive beliefs, thought-action fusion (TAF), and obsessive-compulsive, depression, and anxiety symptoms. Results indicated that all OC symptom dimensions assessed by LOI-CV were significantly associated with all of the obsessive beliefs measured by OBQ-44, and these relationships remained significant even controlling for depression symptoms. Linear regression analysis indicated that three factors predict all of the OC symptom dimensions: (1) perfectionism and intolerance of uncertainty, (2) depression, and (3) anxiety symptoms. Moreover, TAF-Likelihood belief predicts mental compulsion and superstition symptoms. The implications of this study for therapy processes are discussed.
- Obsessive beliefs
- Obsessive-compulsive symptoms