Relationship of Religiosity, Guilt, and Self-Esteem in Individuals having Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Author: Hina Ghafoor

Supervisor: Dr. Humaira Mohsin

Degree: MS

Year: 2008-2010

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


The present study was conducted to investigate the relationship of religiosity, guilt, and self-esteem in individuals having Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). A correlation research design was used. A sample of 200 patients comprising of 100 OCD males and 100 OCD females were selected through purposive sampling from five different government hospitals of Lahore. A set of five psychological tools consisting of Demographic Questionnaire, Clark-Beck Obsessive-Compulsive Inventory (CBOCI), Religious Activity Scale (RAS), Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale (RSE), and Guilt Assessment Scale for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (GAS-OCD) were used. Data was analyzed by using descriptive analyses, correlation analysis, and multiple regression analysis. The results indicated inverse relationship of religiosity scores on RAS (r = – 0.201, p = 0.01) and self-esteem scores on RSE (r =- 0.205, p = 0.01) with OCD scores on CBOCI. The results also showed positive relationship between guilt scores on GAS- OCD (r = 0.592, p = 0.01) and OCD scores on CBOCI. Among the constructs of guilt, Guilt due to Washing Compulsions (â = 0.403, p = .000), Checking Compulsions (â = 0.522, p = .000), and Interpersonal Conflicts (â = 0.727, p = .000) on GAS-OCD were identified as the main predictors of OCD. The present study has implications for better understanding of religiosity, guilt, and self-esteem among OCD individuals.

Keywords: Self-esteem, Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder, Religiosity, Guilt.

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