The mediating role of disgust sensitivity and thought‐action fusion between religiosity and obsessive compulsive symptoms

Mujgan Inozu, Fulya Ozcanli Ulukut, Gokce Ergun, Gillian M. Alcolado
Published Online:
13 Feb 2014
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 49 Issue 5

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Psychological theories of obsessions and compulsions have long recognised that strict religious codes and moral standards might promote thought‐action fusion (TAF) appraisals. These appraisals have been implicated in the transformation of normally occurring intrusions into clinically distressing obsessions. Furthermore, increased disgust sensitivity has also been reported to be associated with obsessive compulsive (OC) symptoms. No research, however, has investigated the mediating roles of TAF and disgust sensitivity between religiosity and OC symptoms. This study was composed of 244 undergraduate students who completed measures of OC symptoms, TAF, disgust sensitivity, religiosity and negative effect. Analyses revealed that the relationship between religiosity and OC symptoms was mediated by TAF and disgust sensitivity. More importantly, the mediating role of TAF was not different across OC symptom subtypes, whereas the mediating role of disgust sensitivity showed different patterns across OC symptom subtypes. These findings indicate that the tendency for highly religious Muslims to experience greater OC symptoms is related to their heightened beliefs about disgust sensitivity and the importance of thoughts.

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