Paul M Salkovskis, Elizabeth Forrester

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Describes key aspects of the cognitive theory that sparked interest in the examination of beliefs related to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), discusses the present status of the concept of responsibly, and considers the relationship between responsibility and other cognitive factors that have been related to OCD. Topics discussed include: the cognitive approach to understanding obsessional problems; Cognitive aspects of psychopathology of OCD: Specific beliefs and relevant beliefs; From appraisals to core beliefs and back again: A worthwhile journey? Responsibility appraisals and the maintenance of OCD; Cognitive factors theoretically linked to responsibility (concerns about omission and responsibility, thought occurrence and perceived responsibility, trying too hard: Links between responsibility, and elevated evidence requirements and criteria for stopping an action); Recent research on responsibility beliefs and Belief domains and OCD: Apparent theoretical convergence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCognitive Approaches to Obsessions and Compulsions: Theory, Assessment and Treatment
EditorsR O Frost, G Steketee
Place of PublicationAmsterdam, Netherlands
PublisherPergamon/Elsevier Science
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)0-08-043410-X
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • obsessional problems
  • cognitive aspects
  • cognitive approach
  • cognitive factors
  • cognitive theory
  • relevant beliefs
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • responsibility


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