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Volume 35 Issue 4 (November 1996), Pages i-i, 487-646

Relationship of obsessive—compulsive symptomatology to anxiety, depression and schizotypy in a clinical population (pages 553-566)

The relationship of obsessive‐compulsive symptomatology to anxiety disorders, mood disorders and schizophrenia continues to be controversial. In a sample of 117 psychiatric out‐patients, we examined the relationship of obsessive‐compulsive symptomatology to indices of anxiety, depression and schizotypy. The relationship between obsessive‐compulsive symptomatology and schizotypy was found to be significantly higher than that between obsessive‐compulsive symptoms and either anxiety or depression. These findings are consistent with recent studies suggesting that there are similar cognitive deficits associated with obsessive‐compulsive symptoms and schizotypy and that obsessive‐compulsive disorders may be more closely aligned to the schizophrenic constellation of disorders than to anxiety disorders.

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