College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

When Religion and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Collide: Treating Scrupulosity in Ultra-Orthodox Jews

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1-2007

Keywords

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Evidence-Based Practice, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Religion, Scrupulosity, Values

Publication Title

Journal of Clinical Psychology

ISSN

0021-9762

Volume

63

Issue/No.

10

Abstract

Evidence-based practice suggests that clinicians should integrate the best available research with clinical judgment and patient values. Treatment of religious patients with scrupulosity provides a paradigmatic example of such integration. The purpose of this study is to describe potential adaptations to make exposure and response prevention, the first-line treatment for obsessive–compulsive disorder, acceptable and consistent with the values of members of the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. We believe that understanding these challenges will enhance the clinician's ability to increase patient motivation and participation in therapy and thereby provide more effective treatment for these and other religious patients.

DOI

10.1002/jclp.20404

Peer Reviewed

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