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Danger Ideation Reduction Therapy for Obsessive–Compulsive Checking: Preliminary Findings


Vaccaro, L and Jones, M and Menzies, R and Wootton, BM, Danger Ideation Reduction Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Checking: Preliminary Findings, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 39, (4) pp. 293-301. ISSN 1651-2316 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/16506073.2010.512643


Danger Ideation Reduction Therapy (DIRT) is a cognitive treatment package developed in the mid-1990s to treat obsessive–compulsive (OC) washing. DIRT is solely directed at decreasing threat expectancies and does not involve direct or indirect exposure. The effectiveness of the DIRT package for OC washers has been examined, and to date a number of publications, including two randomised controlled trials, support its efficacy. Recently, the DIRT package was modified to treat people with the OC checking subtype. In the current study, three adult OC checkers received DIRT in 12 to 14 individual 1-hr sessions conducted by a clinical psychologist. At posttreatment, substantial and clinically significant reductions in scores on a range of standardized outcome measures of obsessive–compulsive disorder symptom severity were apparent for all three participants. Crucially, these improvements were maintained at 4-month follow-up. Although further research is clearly warranted, these preliminary findings suggest that DIRT for checkers may prove as effective as DIRT for OC washers.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:obsessive compulsive disorder; checking; danger ideation reduction therapy
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Wootton, BM (Dr Bethany Wootton)
ID Code:93534
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2014-08-06
Last Modified:2014-12-05

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