Thought-action fusion as a mediator of religiosity and obsessive-compulsive symptoms Williams, Alishia en_US Lau, Gloria en_US Grisham, Jessica en_US 2021-11-25T12:27:02Z 2021-11-25T12:27:02Z 2013 en_US
dc.description.abstract Background and Objectives: Thought-action fusion (TAF), or maladaptive cognitions regarding the relationship between mental events and behaviours, has been implicated in the development and maintenance of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). As some religions promote TAF-like appraisals, it has been proposed that religiosity may play a role in the transformation of normally occurring intrusive thoughts into clinically distressing obsessions. No research, however, has experimentally investigated the mediating role of TAF on the relationship between religiosity and OC symptoms. Methods: 85 Christian, Jewish, and Atheist/Agnostic participants were exposed to an experimental thought-induction protocol and reported on their associated levels of distress, guilt, feelings of responsibility, and urge to suppress target intrusions experienced during a 5-minute monitoring period. Participants also completed measures of obsessive-compulsive symptomatology, TAF beliefs, and general psychopathology. Results: Using PROCESS and bootstrapping analyses, a test of the conditional indirect effects of religiosity on obsessive-compulsive symptoms revealed that Christianity moderated the effects of religiosity on moral TAF beliefs, which in turn mediated the relationship between religiosity and obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Furthermore, in the Christian group, moral TAF beliefs mediated the relationship between religiosity and ratings of guilt and responsibility following the experimental protocol. Limitations: The use of university students with moderate levels of religiosity. Conclusions: Collectively the results suggest that obsessional thinking is not attributable to religion per se, but that teachings underlying certain religious doctrines may fuel TAF beliefs that are implicated in the maintenance of OCD. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0005-7916 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
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dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other religiosity en_US
dc.subject.other thought-action fusion en_US
dc.subject.other obsessive-compulsive disorder en_US
dc.subject.other moderated-mediation en_US
dc.title Thought-action fusion as a mediator of religiosity and obsessive-compulsive symptoms en_US
dc.type Journal Article en
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unsw.description.publisherStatement Journal homepage: en_US
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unsw.relation.faculty Science
unsw.relation.faculty Other UNSW
unsw.relation.faculty Medicine & Health
unsw.relation.ispartofissue 2 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofjournal Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofpagefrompageto 207-212 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofvolume 44 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Williams, Alishia, Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Lau, Gloria, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Grisham, Jessica, Psychology, Faculty of Science, UNSW en_US School of Psychiatry * School of Psychology *
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