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What is the relationship between fear of self, self ambivalence and obsessive compulsive symptomatology? A systematic literature review

What is the relationship between fear of self, self ambivalence and obsessive compulsive symptomatology? A systematic literature review
What is the relationship between fear of self, self ambivalence and obsessive compulsive symptomatology? A systematic literature review
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is one of the most debilitating health conditions in the world. There has been a vast amount of research into factors that increase the likelihood of developing OCD and there are several explanatory models. Current cognitive models of OCD can be split into appraisal-based and self-doubt models. To date, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for OCD (grounded in appraisal-based models) is the recommended treatment approach, and research into the importance of self-doubt beliefs has been somewhat neglected. This paper therefore aims to consolidate current research, utilising a systematic review approach, to establish the relationship between fear of self, self-ambivalence and obsessive-compulsive symptomology. A systematic search was conducted based on inclusion criteria identified for this review. Papers were then individually appraised for quality and key data extracted from each paper. A total of 11 studies were included in the final sample. Fear of self and self-ambivalence were both consistently found to be significant predictors of OC symptomatology. In particular, research suggests that there is a strong link between self-doubt beliefs and obsessions and obsessional beliefs related to OCD. Limitations of the review and suggestions for future research are made and applications to clinical practice discussed.
OCD, fear of self, obsessive–compulsive, self-ambivalence, self-doubt
1099-0879
887-901
Godwin, Tanya L.
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Godwin, Hayward
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Simonds, Laura L.
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Godwin, Tanya L.
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Godwin, Tanya L., Godwin, Hayward and Simonds, Laura L. (2020) What is the relationship between fear of self, self ambivalence and obsessive compulsive symptomatology? A systematic literature review. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 27 (6), 887-901. (doi:10.1002/cpp.2476).

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is one of the most debilitating health conditions in the world. There has been a vast amount of research into factors that increase the likelihood of developing OCD and there are several explanatory models. Current cognitive models of OCD can be split into appraisal-based and self-doubt models. To date, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for OCD (grounded in appraisal-based models) is the recommended treatment approach, and research into the importance of self-doubt beliefs has been somewhat neglected. This paper therefore aims to consolidate current research, utilising a systematic review approach, to establish the relationship between fear of self, self-ambivalence and obsessive-compulsive symptomology. A systematic search was conducted based on inclusion criteria identified for this review. Papers were then individually appraised for quality and key data extracted from each paper. A total of 11 studies were included in the final sample. Fear of self and self-ambivalence were both consistently found to be significant predictors of OC symptomatology. In particular, research suggests that there is a strong link between self-doubt beliefs and obsessions and obsessional beliefs related to OCD. Limitations of the review and suggestions for future research are made and applications to clinical practice discussed.

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Accepted/In Press date: 12 May 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 15 May 2020
Published date: 1 November 2020
Keywords: OCD, fear of self, obsessive–compulsive, self-ambivalence, self-doubt

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Local EPrints ID: 442090
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/442090
ISSN: 1099-0879
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