Sensory phenomena, cognitions, and motivations: exploring the dimensional structure of obsessive- compulsive disorder in a subclinical sample

Aaron Clarke from the University of Hertfordshire is working on a thesis project that he is hoping will lead to further understanding of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and to hopefully diminish its stigma.

What is the purpose of this study?

This study examines obsessive-compulsive tendencies in a subclinical sample, members of the general population.

The current study aims:

 - To unearth the underlying obsessive-compulsive subtypes within the sample via a factor analysis.

- To explore a relationship between sensory phenomena, cognitions, and motivations

- To investigate how this potential relationship mediates obsessive-compulsive severity

- To study how obsessive-compulsive subtypes differ in sensory phenomena, cognitions, and motivations.

Are there any age or other restrictions that may prevent me from participating? Participants are required to be 18 years of age or older.

How long will my part in the study take?

If you decide to take part in this study, you will be involved in it for no more than 10 minutes.

What will happen to me if I take part?

There are a series of five questionnaires to complete averaging about 2 minutes each to complete. These questionnaires will list scenarios which are to be rated based on how strongly the scenario relates to you as a participant. The exact rating scales and instructions are given at the beginning of each questionnaire. These questionnaires relate to obsession and compulsions, cognitions, motivations, and sensory phenomena, respectively. 

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

By taking part in this study, you will form part of a subclinical sample. This is to say that an effect is being tested in the general population that, if successful, will go on to be tested in a clinical sample (those diagnosed with OCD). This could hold potential implications of a better understanding of this psychiatric disorder by identifying causal agents or maintenance influences.

Please read the attached Information Sheet for more information. 

Click HERE to access the survey.

Thank you very much for reading this information and giving consideration to taking part in this study.

If you would like further information or would like to discuss any details personally, please get in touch with Aaron, in writing, by phone or by email: