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Degree Name

Master Of Arts In Clinical Psychology

Colleges & School

College Of Arts And Sciences

First Advisor

Brad Grunert, PhD

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Behavior disorders--Treatment; Help-seeking behavior; Obsessive-compulsive disorder--Treatment; Obsessive-compulsive disorder--Patients; Stress


Little is known about the stress that patients encounter when seeking treatment. The present study aims to identify if the stress in seeking therapy is higher for residential patients or outpatients being treated for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The participants in the study consisted of 46 patients from Rogers Memorial being treated for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Nineteen of the participants were in the outpatient day treatment program (N = 19) and 27 participants were in the residential treatment program (N = 27). Each patient was given a Stress in Seeking Treatment questionnaire that was created specifically for this study during their first seven days of treatment at Rogers Memorial. The questionnaire is a self-report measure that consists of 15 questions. The participants rate each question using a five point likert scale ranging from, not stressful at all (1), to extremely stressful (5). The scores from the measures were then complied and an independent t- test was performed to indicate if there was a difference in total stress scores between the two groups. A one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and the Tukey HSD was also used to examine the means of the individual questions on the questionnaire. Based on previous studies, it was hypothesized that the residential group would have a higher total stress score than the outpatients. Contrary to the hypothesis, the results found that the mean score for outpatient was slightly high, however, there was no significant difference in scores for residential (M=47.48, SD= 12.14) and outpatients (M=49.10, SD=8.56; t (44) =.501, p=.619, two-tailed). In addition, the ANOVA found a statistically significant difference at the p<.05 level in the stress scores for the 15 questions: F (14, 675)= 2.7, p=.001. The findings of the study can be very useful in understanding why patients delay or choose not to seek treatment for OCD.


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