Category: Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders

Symposium

Scrupulosity, Religious Affiliation, and Symptom Presentation in OCD

Friday, November 17
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Sapphire Ballroom I & J, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) | Diversity | Spirituality and Religion
Presentation Type: Symposium

Scrupulosity is a common yet understudied presentation of OCD that is characterized by obsessions and compulsions focused on religion. Although research documents a relationship between scrupulosity and religious affiliation, little is known about the association between scrupulosity and OCD symptom severity across religious groups. The present study examined the relationship between (a) religious affiliation and OCD symptoms, (b) religious affiliation and scrupulosity, and (c) scrupulosity and OCD symptoms across religious groups. Results showed that scrupulosity, but not OCD symptoms in general, differed across religious affiliations with individuals who identified as Catholic reporting the highest level of scrupulosity. Scrupulosity was predictive of unacceptable sexual, violent, and blasphemous obsessional thoughts and neutralizing rituals across all religious groups. There was also evidence that the presentation of scrupulosity differs across religions. Findings are discussed in terms of the dimensionality of scrupulosity, need for further assessment instruments, and implications for assessment, intervention, and the consideration of religious identity in treatment.

Jennifer Buchholz

Graduate Student
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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