Experimentally-enhanced attachment security influences obsessive compulsive related washing tendencies in a non-clinical sample

Guy Doron, Dar Sar-El, Mario Mikulincer, Dahlia Talmor
2012 E-Journal of Applied Psychology  
In recent years, attachment insecurities in the form of anxiety and avoidance have been found to be associated with Obsessive Compulsive (OC) symptoms and cognitions. The hypothesized buffering role of attachment security on OC-related processes, however, has yet to be assessed. In the current study, we examined the effects of experimentally-enhanced attachment security ("security priming") on OC-related washing tendencies in a non-clinical sample (N = 85). As compared to a neutral priming,
more » ... eutral priming, security priming reduced OC-related washing tendencies among participants scoring relatively high on attachment anxiety or avoidance. However, security priming led to higher OCrelated washing tendencies than neutral priming among more securely attached participants (low scores on attachment anxiety or avoidance). Implications for theory and treatment are discussed.
doi:10.7790/ejap.v8i1.287 fatcat:ne2vwmwtpjfpzat7waacdy7ese