Perceived parenting styles, self-ambivalence, cognitive and emotional regulation in relation to obsessive-compulsive symptomatology

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2015
Özekin Üncüer, Filiz
The main objective of this dissertation is to examine the factors contributing to the development and maintenance of general obsessive-compulsive symptomatology (OCS) in a community sample. On the basis of cognitive models (Salkovskis, 1985; Rachman, 1997; Clark, 2004), Guidano and Liotti‟s model of selfambivalence, and Gross‟ (1999) process model of emotion regulation, the present study aimed to investigate the role of perceived parental styles, self-ambivalence, maladaptive appraisals, and emotion regulation strategies in predicting both overall OCS and subtypes of OCD. In line with these purposes, firstly, the SelfAmbivalence Measure (SAM; Bhar & Kyrios, 2007) was translated into Turkish and a pilot study was conducted in order to evaluate the psychometric properties of the instrument. Main study included 877 adults from different regions of Turkey. The factor analysis of the SAM revealed a three-factor solution, labeled as self-worth ambivalence, moral ambivalence, and public-self acceptability. v Additionally, the analyses showed that Turkish SAM had satisfactory psychometric properties. Regression analyses indicated that paternal overprotection, maternal rejection, self-worth ambivalence, public selfacceptability, OCD-related beliefs, and suppression were associated with the overall obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Finally, the results of model-testing analyses showed the mediator roles of self-ambivalence, obsessive appraisals, and suppression as an emotion regulation strategy between parental attitudes and OCS. The results of the current study were discussed in the light of the literature; and clinical implications, limitations, and directions for the future studies were presented.
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F. Özekin Üncüer, “Perceived parenting styles, self-ambivalence, cognitive and emotional regulation in relation to obsessive-compulsive symptomatology,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2015.