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The Mediational Effect of Experiential Avoidance in the Relationship between Incompleteness and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • Clinical Psychology in Korea: Research and Practice
  • 2018, 4(3), pp.419-433
  • DOI : 10.15842/CPKJOURNAL.PUB.4.3.419
  • Publisher : Korean Clinical Psychology Association
  • Research Area : Social Science > Psychological Science > Clinical Psychology
  • Received : November 1, 2018
  • Accepted : December 21, 2018

Yoo, Seongjin 1

1한양사이버대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Summerfeldt(2004) proposed that Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder(OCD) symptoms are provoked by two independent components: harm avoidance and incompleteness. Incompleteness means the troubling and irremediable sense that one’s actions or experiences are not just right. Incompleteness appears to underlie many of the symptoms of OCD. In the present study, the author investigated the mediational effect of experiential avoidance in the relationship between incompleteness and compulsive behaviors. To evaluate the goodness-of-fit of the mediation models, short-term longitudinal data were collected from 102 undergraduate students and analyzed using structural equation modeling method. The results showed that experiential avoidance partially mediated the relationship between incompleteness and compulsive behaviors. This finding suggested that the sense of incompleteness influences compulsive behaviors indirectly as well as directly, through the mediation of experiential avoidance. Based on this finding, the author discussed the theoretical and practical implications of the present study. Finally, the limitations of this study and the suggestions for further research were discussed.

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