Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) has been linked to a dysmorphic construction of self that is closely tied to mental illness (Bhar & Kyrios, 2007). Although associations have been found, no study has determined the impact of OCD on one's self-perception, to better understand how to resolve patients' dysmorphic construction and fear of oneself. College students (N = 410; M = 20.60, SD = 4.27) completed an anonymous online survey for course credit. The survey consisted of a demographic questionnaire, the Obsessive-Compulsive Inventory-Revised (Foa et al., 2002), theEgo-Dystonicity Questionnaire (Purdon et al., 2007), and the Self-concept Identity Measure (Kaufman et al., 2019). To determine if scores on the Obsessive-Compulsive Inventory would predict scores on the Identity Measure and if the Ego-Dystonicity scale would account for a greater percentage of the variation in Identity subscale scores than Obsessing scores alone, multiple regression analyses were utilized. Results suggest that although, symptoms of OCD were useful in predicting variance all of the identity subscales, ego-dystonicity appeared to be particularly useful for establishing incremental validity in the prediction of the lack of identity subscale. Implications for intervention and prevention efforts in regard to the effects of OCD on identity will be discussed.
Berman, Steven L.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Sciences
Psychology; Nueroscience track
Mullin, Andrea B., "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Identity: The Role of Ego-Dystonicity" (2023). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1392.