Diagnostic role of cognitive emotion regulation strategies, cognitive fusion and thought control strategies in Obsessive-Compulsive disorder

Document Type : Original Article


1 Kharazmi University

2 kharazmi University

3 Islamic Azad University of Kermanshah Branch


Introduction:This study aimed at comparing the discriminative role of the cognitive emotion regulation strategies, cognitive fusion and thought control strategies in Obsessive-Compulsive disorder and normal groups.
Method: The study was benefit of a causal-comparative research design. The target population included all patients with Obsessive-Compulsive disorder that referred to medical centers in Tehran in October to March 2016. A group of 50 persons that diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive disorder were selected by purposive sampling method. Then Data were gathered with the Obsessive-Compulsive Scale Yale-Brown, Short form of Cognitive Emotion Regulation Strategies Questionnaire,Thought Control Questionnaire and Cognitive Fusion Questionnaire. Data analyzed with the diagnostic function analysis.
Results: Result showed that mean scores of normal group significantly was more than obsession group in all dimensions except adaptive Emotion Regulation Strategies (except acceptance and reappraisal) as well as thought control strategies (worry, punishment, social control and reappraisal). The mean scores of obsessive group significantly was more than normal group in other variables. Result of diagnostic analysis showed that, according to the cognitive emotion regulation strategies, cognitive fusion and thought control strategies could be predicted membership in group and make a discrimination among two groups.
Conclusion:We can conclude that the activated cognitive fusion beliefs, disposes assessments that based on increased the thought control and maladaptive emotion regulation strategies, consequently obsession is considered dangerous. These assessments lead to feelings of fear, anxiety, guilt and upset.It used inspection or mental disorder strategies, if these assessments indicates that the obsessive thought is dangerous and happening already. These Strategiescauses that person cannot be tested reality of beliefs and refused them.


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