Experimentally-enhanced attachment security influences obsessive compulsive related washing tendencies in a non-clinical sample
In recent years, attachment insecurities in the form of anxiety and avoidance have been found to be associated with Obsessive Compulsive (OC) symptoms and cognitions. The hypothesized buffering role of attachment security on OC-related processes, however, has yet to be assessed. In the current study, we examined the effects of experimentally-enhanced attachment security ("security priming") on OC-related washing tendencies in a non-clinical sample (N = 85). As compared to a neutral priming, security priming reduced OC-related washing tendencies among participants scoring relatively high on attachment anxiety or avoidance. However, security priming led to higher OC-related washing tendencies than neutral priming among more securely attached participants (low scores on attachment anxiety or avoidance). Implications for theory and treatment are discussed.
obsessive compulsive disorder; attachment; washing tendencies; non-clinical sample