Disgust and psychopathological symptoms in a nonclinical sample

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Abstract

There is little doubt that disgust sensitivity plays a role in the development of small animal phobias. However, it has been suggested that the basic emotion of disgust is implied in a broad range of psychopathological conditions. The present study examined the relationship between disgust sensitivity and symptoms of phobias (other than animal phobias), obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, and eating disorder in a nonclinical sample. Undergraduate psychology students were asked to complete the Disgust Sensitivity Questionnaire, as well as measures of phobic (Fear Questionnaire), obsessive-compulsive (Maudsley Obsessive-Compulsive Inventory), depressive (Beck Depression Inventory), and eating disorder (Restraint Scale) symptomatology. Results showed that disgust sensitivity was only related to symptoms of agoraphobia and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The present findings cast doubts on the idea that disgust sensitivity is a central factor underlying a broad range of psychopathological conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1163-1167
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume29
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000

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Disgust and psychopathological symptoms in a nonclinical sample. / Muris, P.E.H.M.; Merckelbach, H.L.G.J.; Nederkoorn, C.; Rassin, E.G.C.; Candel, I.E.L.; Horselenberg, R.

In: Personality and Individual Differences, Vol. 29, No. 6, 01.01.2000, p. 1163-1167.

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