New Measures Added

Several of our newly developed measures have been added to our site. These may be useful for clinicians dealing with ROCD. Two measures tapping maladaptive beliefs (Recats & EXLS) and two measures tapping vulnerable self perceptions (PVCSW & RCSW).

New paper: Rights or Flawed: Relationship Obsessions and Sexual Satisfaction [in press]

See link: Rights or Flawed: Relationship Obsessions and Sexual Satisfaction [in press]

ROCD and sexual satisfaction

New findings submitted for publication!

Introduction. Relationship Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (ROCD) is marked by the presence of obsessions and compulsions focusing on romantic relationships. ROCD symptoms were previously linked with decreased relationship quality and might interfere with sexual functioning.

Aim. To examine the association between ROCD symptoms and sexual satisfaction.

Methods. Participants completed an online survey assessing ROCD symptoms, relationship and sexual satisfaction levels. Depression, general worry, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) symptoms and attachment orientation were also measured.

Results. ROCD symptoms were associated with decreased sexual satisfaction over and above symptoms of depression, general worry, OCD and attachment orientation. The link between ROCD symptoms and sexual satisfaction was mediated by relationship satisfaction.

Conclusions. Identifying and addressing ROCD symptoms may be important for treatment of sexual functioning.

Our ROCD conceptual paper is now in press

Doron, G., Derby, D., & Szepsenwol. O. (in press). Relationship obsessive compulsive disorder (ROCD): A conceptual framework. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders.

Also see pre-print version HERE.

Online draft: ROCD conceputal framework

see this link

Coming soon: Relationship Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (ROCD): A conceptual framework

We are currently working on the above paper. We hope to publish a draft in the next couple of weeks.

Relationship obsessive compulsive disorder (ROCD): A conceptual framework

1.      Relationship Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (ROCD): Phenomenology

2.      Measures of Relationship Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms

3.      Development and Maintenance Mechanisms in ROCD

3.1.   ROCD and cognitive models of OCD related disorders

3.1.1.      ROCD symptoms and OCD related beliefs:

3.1.2.      ROCD symptoms and increased monitoring of internal states

3.1.3.      ROCD symptoms and relationship-related dysfunctional beliefs

3.2.   ROCD and self-related processes 

3.3.   ROCD and attachment representations

3.4.   ROCD and other personality and societal factors

3.5.   ROCD, parenting and family environment

4.      Relationship-Centered and Partner-Focused OC Symptoms

4.1.   The personal and dyadic consequences of ROCD symptoms

4.2.   ROCD and relationship satisfaction

4.3.   ROCD and well-being

4.4.   Within-person bidirectional infiltration of ROCD symptoms.

4.5.   Between-person infiltration of ROCD symptoms

5.      ROCD symptoms and related constructs

5.1.   Relationship-centered OC symptoms and worries

5.2.   Relationship-centered OC symptoms and Social anxiety

5.3.   Partner-focused OC symptoms and BDD

6.      Assessment and treatment

6.1.   Assessment

7.      Treatment 

7.1.   Pharmacotherapy

7.2.   Psychosocial treatments

A new paper about relationship-centered OC symptoms was added

Our paper entitled: “Obsessing About Intimate-Relationship: Testing the Double Relationship-Vulnerability Hypothesis” was accepted to the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry (see Our ROCD Papers).

ROCD: Results of one year follow up study are now available

Results on the reciprocal relationship between partner-focused and relationship-centered obsessive-compulsive (OC) phenomena over time have been added to the initial results page.

“Tips For Therapists” on ROCD

The Tips For Therapist page will aim at giving therapeutic suggestions to cognitive behavioral therapist seeing relationship obsessive compulsive disorder (ROCD) patients. These suggestions will be based on research findings and our clinical experience. We aim to add this page in about 3 months time. [posted 2012/11/18]