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Associations Between Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms and Academic Self-Concept
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by Matthew Brent Findley and Renee V. Galliher - Utah State University
Categories: Abnormal | Personality
The current study assessed associations among 4 obsessive-compulsive symptom clusters and academic performance in a sample of 147 college undergraduate students. Obsessive-compulsive symptoms were assessed using the Leyton Obsessional Inventory short form (LOI-SF; Cooper, 1970). Academic performance was assessed using the Academic Self-Concept Scale (ASCS; Reynolds, Ramirez, Magrina, & Allen, 1980). Negative, linear associations were observed between the obsessive-compulsive characteristics of doubting/repeating behaviors and academic self-concept, as well as between fears of contamination and academic self-concept. However, a curvilinear association suggested that the symptom cluster of checking behavior and attention to detail, when exhibited at a moderate level, was found to be associated with higher academic self-concept. The results may challenge previously held assumptions that obsessive-compulsive symptoms, regardless of type or severity, are negatively associated with psychosocial functioning.