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Different disgust domains specifically relate to mental and contact contamination fear in obsessive–compulsive disorder: evidence from a path analytic model in an Italian clinical sample


Different disgust domains specifically relate to mental and contact contamination fear in obsessive–compulsive disorder: evidence from a path analytic model in an Italian clinical sample

Radomsky, Adam S., Poli, Andrea and Melli, Gabriele (2018) Different disgust domains specifically relate to mental and contact contamination fear in obsessive–compulsive disorder: evidence from a path analytic model in an Italian clinical sample. Behavior Therapy . ISSN 00057894 (In Press)

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Both contact contamination (CC) and mental contamination (MC) fears – which combined represent the most common manifestation of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) - have been widely associated with disgust propensity (DP). However, extant research explored this relationship using measures assessing only pathogen-related disgust, not taking into account the potential role played by sexual and moral disgust, despite literature about MC suggesting that this might be particularly relevant. In Study 1 the psychometric properties of the Italian version of the Three Domains of Disgust Scale (TDDS) were assessed in a large Italian community sample. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses confirmed the three-factor structure of the TDDS. The scale also showed good internal consistency and construct validity. In Study 2, the differential patterns of relationships between CC and MC and the three disgust domains were explored in an Italian clinical OCD sample using a path analytic approach. The TDDS-Pathogen subscale was a unique predictor of CC while the TDDS-Sexual subscale was a unique predictor of MC, after controlling for anxiety and depression. Surprisingly, the TDDS-Moral subscale was not a predictor of either domain of contamination fear. Limitations and clinical implications are discussed

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Psychology
Item Type:Article
Authors:Radomsky, Adam S. and Poli, Andrea and Melli, Gabriele
Journal or Publication:Behavior Therapy
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1016/j.beth.2018.07.006
Keywords:obsessive–compulsive disorder; disgust; disgust propensity; contamination fear; mental contamination
ID Code:984379
Deposited By: ALINE SOREL
Deposited On:06 Sep 2018 18:46
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