Articolo pubblicato sul Journal of Anxiety Disorders, nato grazie alla collaborazione con IPSICO del dr Gabriele Melli.

Pubblicazione di un articolo scientifico riguardante la differenza tra la contaminazione mentale e i principali timori di contaminazione da contatto. Lo studio ha lo scopo di esaminare la relazione tra la tendenza al disgusto, la contaminazione mentale e la contaminazione da contatto nell’ambito del disturbo ossessivo compulsivo. Di seguito abstract (su Elsevier l’articolo completo)

 

Journal of Anxiety Disorders
Volume 45, January 2017, Pages 9–16

The differential relationship between mental contamination and the core dimensions of contact contamination fear

Gabriele Melli, Francesco Bullia, Claudia Carraresia, Federica Tarantino, Simona Gelli, Andrea Poli

ABSTRACT

Two types of contamination fear are recognized: contact and mental contamination. Contact contamination appears to be motivated both by harm avoidance and disgust avoidance. This study aimed to examine the relationships between disgust propensity, mental contamination and contact contamination while differentiating between harm avoidance and disgust avoidance in contact contamination. 169 OCD patients completed a set of questionnaires assessing mental contamination, contact contamination, disgust propensity, OCD, anxiety and depression. 1) Contact contamination based on disgust avoidance was more strongly associated with mental contamination and disgust propensity than contact contamination based on harm avoidance; 2) mental contamination significantly predicted contact contamination based on disgust avoidance, while it did not predict contact contamination based on harm avoidance; 3) mental contamination had a significant mediational role in the relationship between disgust propensity and contact contamination motivated by disgust avoidance. Mental contamination plays a role in contact contamination fear when disgust is primarily experienced.