The development of obsessive beliefs: the influence of parents' beliefs and parenting style characteristics Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Mahaffey, Brittain Lynn
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • A number of factors, including maladaptive obsessive beliefs, may underlie the development of obsessive compulsive (OC) symptoms. It is unclear, however, how individuals come to adopt such beliefs. This study examined the relationship between parents' obsessive beliefs, parenting style characteristics, and children's obsessive beliefs in a sample of 440 college students, and 254 biological parents. Analysis revealed that parents' obsessive beliefs were unrelated to children's beliefs. Exposure to parenting style characteristics, such as enforcement of rigid rules and overprotective parenting, was associated with increased endorsement of obsessive beliefs. Thus, such parenting characteristics may be risk factors for the development of obsessive beliefs in young adults. With respect to this finding, additional longitudinal research is needed to clarify causal direction. This line of research could have important implications for identifying children at risk of developing OC symptoms, and for early interventions targeted towards parenting style characteristics and family dynamics.
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  • Abramowitz, Jonathan
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