Frustration Intolerance Beliefs and Anger Expression in Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms

Author: Shafaq Saeed

Supervisor: Aisha Sitwat, PhD

Degree: MS

Year: 2012-2014

University: Centre for Clinical Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present work aimed to study frustration intolerance beliefs, anger expression and symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It was hypothesized that the frustration intolerance beliefs) anger expression and OCD symptoms will have a positive relationship and frustration intolerance beliefs (emotional intolerance and achievement and control) and anger expressions (anger and hostility) will likely to differentially predict OCD symptoms. In addition, prediction between frustration intolerance beliefs and anger expressions was also considered. A sample of adult patients (N = 100) diagnosed with OCD with mean age of 28.3 years (SD = 8.41) was recruited from both indoor and outdoor psychiatric units of government hospitals of Lahore city, Pakistan. Measures used were Urdu versions of Frustration Discomfort Scale (Harrington, 2005), Aggression Questionnaire (Buss & Perry, 1992), and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Symptom Checklist (Jabeen & Kausar, 2008). Anger was found to be the predictor of controlling compulsions while anger and discomfort intolerance predicted compulsions of harm avoidance. Furthermore, there was found to be prediction between frustration intolerance beliefs and anger expressions where entitlement predicted physical aggression. The study has implications for the better understanding and management of obsessive compulsive disorder with reference to its different symptoms.

Keywords: Frustration Intolerance Beliefs, Anger Expression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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