ROCD: A conceptual framework

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Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a disabling and prevalent disorder with a variety of clinical presentations and obsessional themes. Recently, research has begun to investigate relationship-related obsessive-compulsive (OC) symptoms including relationship-centered and partner-focused OC symptoms. In this paper, we present relationship obsessive compulsive disorder (ROCD), delineate its main features, and described its phenomenology. Drawing on recent cognitive-behavioral models of OCD, social psychology and attachment research, we present a model of the development and maintenance of ROCD. The role of personality factors, societal influences, parenting, and family environments in the etiology and preservation of ROCD symptoms is also evaluated. Finally, the conceptual and empirical links between ROCD symptoms and related constructs are explored and theoretically driven assessment and intervention procedures are suggested.

Relationship Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (ROCD):

A Conceptual Framework

Guy Doron

Danny S. Derby

Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya

Herzliya, Israel

Cognetica – The Israeli Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Tel Aviv, Israel

Ohad Szepsenwol

Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya

Herzliya, Israel

Contact: Dr. Guy Doron, School of Psychology, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. P.O. Box 167, Herzliya, 46150, Israel. email: [email protected], tel: + 972 9 960 2850