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Theoretical Approaches to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


Part of Problems in the Behavioural Sciences

  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521027397

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  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder is currently the subject of considerable research, since recent epidemiological studies have suggested that the condition is more prevalent than was originally believed. This book offers a critical discussion of the most important theories that have been put forward to explain this disorder. The book includes behavioural/learning accounts (and cognitive-behavioural supplements of these), based on Pavlovian personality theories (such as those by Eysenck, Gray and Claridge), Pierre Janet's account, cybernetic approaches, psychodynamic approaches, Reed's 'cognitive-structural' account, and biological approaches. Therapeutic approaches to the disorder are also considered, insofar as they are relevant to these theories. This book is unique in both the comprehensiveness and the depth of its coverage of theories of OCD. It also offers an entirely new approach to the definition of the disorder.

    • The most comprehensive discussion of OCD theories available
    • A detailed analysis and critique is given of each theory
    • The book presents a new approach to the definition of OCD
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    '… most impressive study … Jakes's insight is profound … I can strongly recommend this book. Ian Jakes has left us much to think about.' Frederick Toates, Behavioural Research Therapy

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521027397
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.331kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments and provenance
    1. The natural history and definition of obsessive-compulsive disorder
    2. Behavioral/learning accounts of OCD
    3. Accounts of OCD based upon personality theories derived from the work of Pavlov
    4. Janet on OCD
    5. Psychodynamic approaches to OCD
    6. Cognitive style/deficit approaches to OCD
    7. Biological approaches to OCD
    8. Concluding remarks
    Author index
    Subject index.

  • Author

    Ian Jakes, University of London

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