Religiosity and Obsessional Content among Patients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Author: Farah Mahmood 

Supervisor: Ms. Omama Tariq

Degree: Msc

Year: (2010-2012)

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Abstract

The present study was conducted to explore the relationship between religiosity and obsessional content in patients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It was hypothesized that there is a significant relationship between religiosity and obsessional content. A non probability purposive sampling technique was used. A sample of 70 (35 males and 35 females) patients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder was collected from Punjab Institute of Mental Health, Fountain house, Mayo hospital, and Services Hospital of Lahore. The religious personality scale (Krauss & Hamzah, 2010) and Yale-Brown Symptom Checklist (Goodman et al., 1989a, 1989b) were used for assessment. Pearson Product Moment correlation and Independent Sample t-test were used to analyze data. Positive correlation was found between religiosity and obsessional content in patients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. No gender differences were found in the level of religiosity and obsessional content. The findings have important implications for patients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder who can develop obsessions due to strict religious practices and educational sectors can see the adverse effects of stringent religious teachings.

Keywords:  religiosity, obsessive compulsive disorder, obsessional content.

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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