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Why are religious individuals more obsessional? The role of mental control beliefs and guilt in Muslims and Christians

Inozu, Mujgan
Karancı, Ayşe Nuray
Clark, David A.
Background and objectives: The cognitive-behavioural perspective on obsessions recognizes that certain cultural experiences such as adherence to religious beliefs about the importance of maintaining strict mental control might increase the propensity for obsessional symptoms via the adoption of faulty appraisals and beliefs about the unacceptability and control of unwanted intrusive thoughts. Few studies have directly investigated this proposition, especially in a non-Western Muslim sample.