Thought-action fusion and thought suppression in obsessive-compulsive disorder

E.G.C. Rassin*, P. Diepstraten, H.L.G.J. Merckelbach, P.E.H.M. Muris

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To examine the significance of thought-action fusion (TAF) and thought suppression tendencies, the present study obtained pre- and post-treatment questionnaire data on these constructs in a sample of OCD patients (n=24) and non-OCD anxiety patients (n=20). Results indicate that TAF and suppression are correlated with severity of psychopathology. Yet, the associations between TAF and psychopathology are not typical for OCD, but do also occur in other anxiety disorders (e.g., panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, and social phobia). As well, mean scores on the TAF and thought suppression measures dropped significantly from pre- to post-treatment, indicating that TAF and thought suppression are susceptible to change during psychotherapy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)757-764
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001

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