Compulsive checking behaviors in generalized anxiety disorder
Article first published online: 3 MAY 2001
Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 57, Issue 6, pages 705–715, June 2001
How to Cite
Schut, A. J., Castonguay, L. G. and Borkovec, T. D. (2001), Compulsive checking behaviors in generalized anxiety disorder. J. Clin. Psychol., 57: 705–715. doi: 10.1002/jclp.1043
- Issue published online: 3 MAY 2001
- Article first published online: 3 MAY 2001
- National Institute of Mental Health Research Grant. Grant Number: MH-39172
Recent evidence suggests that a relationship exists between worry, the central feature of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and compulsive behaviors, particularly compulsive checking. In this article we report the results from two studies. The first study assessed the frequency of obsessions and compulsions in 107 principally diagnosed GAD clients. The second study examined levels of alexithymia in analogue samples of GAD checkers (n = 31), GAD noncheckers (n = 30), and non-GAD nonchecking controls (n = 27) using the Toronto Alexithymia Scale-20 (Bagby, Parker, & Taylor, 1994). The results from these studies suggest that compulsive behaviors in the form of compulsive checking is more common in GAD than previously expected and that such behaviors in GAD may act as an additional mechanism by which affective experiences are avoided. © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. J Clin Psychol 57: 705–715, 2001.