An experimental investigation of the effect of negative mood on the deployment of as-many-as-can checking stop rules and compulsions

Britton, Gary and Davey, Graham (2022) An experimental investigation of the effect of negative mood on the deployment of as-many-as-can checking stop rules and compulsions. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy.

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Abstract

The present study examined the causal effect of negative mood on the deployment of as-many-as-can (AMAC) checking stop rules and compulsions. Participants underwent a negative or positive mood induction and subsequently completed self-report measures of AMAC checking stop rules and compulsions. The negative mood group scored significantly higher on both measures. As hypothesised, the direct causal effect of negative mood on compulsions was fully mediated by AMAC stop rules, with negative mood having a significant indirect effect on compulsions through AMAC stop rules. However, an alternative mediation model also showed that the direct causal effect of negative mood on AMAC stop rules was fully mediated by compulsions, with negative mood having a significant indirect effect on AMAC stop rules through compulsions. The implications of these findings for the understanding of the relationships between negative mood, AMAC stop rules and clinically relevant perseverative behaviours is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This version of the article has been accepted for publication, after peer review (when applicable) and is subject to Springer Nature’s AM terms of use, but is not the Version of Record and does not reflect post-acceptance improvements, or any corrections. The Version of Record is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s41811-022-00134-0
Uncontrolled Keywords: Obsessive-compulsive disorder; Compulsions; Mood-as-input hypothesis; Stop Rules; Negative Mood.
Subjects: Psychology
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Depositing User: Gary Britton
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2021 15:09
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2022 15:31
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/8471

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