The effects of obsessive-compulsive disorder on romantic relationships

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dc.contributor.author Abbey , Richard D . en_US
dc.degree.department Psychology en_US
dc.degree.discipline Psychology en_US
dc.degree.grantor Texas Tech University en_US
dc.degree.level Doctoral en_US
dc.degree.name Ph .D . en_US
dc.rights.availability unrestricted en_US
dc.creator Abbey , Richard D . en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014 -06 -06T20 :18 :57Z
dc.date.available 2011 -02 -18T19 :32 :49Z en_US
dc.date.available 2014 -06 -06T20 :18 :57Z
dc.date.issued 2005 -08 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /11153 en_US
dc.description.abstract Obsessive -compulsive disorder (OCD ) can be a disabling mental condition . Although research has suggested that OCD can affect occupational , social , and interpersonal functioning , few research studies have examined the effects of OCD on romantic relationships . While research has shown that individuals with OCD report lower levels of relationship satisfaction , no research to date has been able to establish a relationship between OCD symptom severity and relationship satisfaction . The aim of the current study was to examine romantic relationship functioning in individuals with OCD . Participants with OCD were recmited from a national conference (N= 64 ) and completed measures of OCD symptoms , depressive symptoms , relationship satisfaction , intimacy , relationship worry , and self -disclosure . Results suggested that symptoms of OCD can be detrimental to romantic relationship functioning . Correlations revealed that the severity of obsessions was negatively associated with intimacy , relationship satisfaction , and self -disclosure . Partial correlations revealed that the early age of OCD onset was negatively associated with relationship fimctioning when controlling for the severity of obsessions , sex , and depressive symptoms . Results from logistic regression showed that the early age of OCD onset also was a significant predictor of marital status such that individuals who were diagnosed v^th OCD at an earlier age were less likely to be married . An ANCOVA revealed that participants who worry about telling their romantic partner about their obsessions and compulsions disclosed significantly less intimate and personal details about themselves when controlling for depressive symptoms . Results from stmctural equation modeling revealed that the severity of compulsions significantly predicted higher levels of relationship satisfaction . Moreover , intimacy was a significant moderator in the relationship between the severity of obsessions and relationship satisfaction such that intimacy buffered the negative effects of obsessions on relationship satisfaction . Results also indicated that participants who have contamination fears also worry about becoming contaminated through sexual activity with their romantic partner . However , the hypothesis that depressive symptoms moderate the relationship between OCD symptom severity and relationship satisfaction was not supported . The hypothesis that depressive symptoms moderate the relationship between relationship worry and relationship satisfaction also was not supported . The clinical implications and future directions for research are discussed . en_US
dc.language.iso en _US en_US
dc.publisher Texas Tech University en_US
dc.subject Depressed persons en_US
dc.subject Obsessive -compulsive disorder en_US
dc.subject Interpersonal relations en_US
dc.subject Love en_US
dc.title The effects of obsessive -compulsive disorder on romantic relationships en_US
dc.type Electronic Dissertation en_US

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Abbey, Richard D. The effects of obsessive-compulsive disorder on romantic relationships. Doctoral dissertation, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /11153 .

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