Obsessive-compulsive symptoms and the expression of anger

Stephen P. Whiteside, Jonathan S. Abramowitz

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The present study investigates the association between Obsessive-Compulsive (OC) symptoms and the expression of anger in a sample of 131 undergraduates. Participants were divided into two groups based on their self-reported OC symptoms and compared on their tendency to suppress anger inwardly, express anger outwardly, and control their anger. In addition, the associations between anger and specific OC symptoms were investigated. Results indicated that individuals high in OC symptoms tended to experience more anger, be more likely to suppress it inwardly, and report more difficulty controlling their anger than individuals low in OC symptoms. However, these differences appear to be attributable to the presence of depressive symptoms in the participants with high levels of OC symptoms. In addition, OC checking was found to be weakly associated with anger independent of depressive symptoms. These results were discussed within the framework of the cognitive theory of obsessive compulsive disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-268
Number of pages10
JournalCognitive Therapy and Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2004


  • Anger control
  • Anger expression
  • Cognitive theory
  • Compulsions
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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