Abstract

The current exploratory research seeks to examine awareness of OCD in a college student population. Previous theoretical research has asserted that misconceptions regarding OCD, such as viewing OCD as perfectionism or excessive tidiness, are common (Masters in Healthcare, 2010). However, little empirical work examining this topic has been conducted. Therefore, this study aims to assess the prevalence of potential misconceptions about OCD and to compare two different strategies of intervention attempting to raise awareness (i.e., increase accuracy of OCD-related perceptions). The study incorporates two methods of commonly used intervention, informational text and video, and assesses the margin of change produced by each intervention method using self-report methodology. The intervention group receiving both the video and informational text is projected to experience the greatest increase in awareness, resulting in a greater difference between pre- and post- test responses when compared with the information only group. Video methods of intervention have been proven successful in introducing new ideas and information (Boerwinkel et al., 2011) in past research, supporting the prediction that the intervention group will experience the greatest change.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 4-29-2013

Mentor

Emily L. B. Lykins

Department/Professional Affiliation

Psychology

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Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Department

Psychology

IRB Approval Number (if applicable)

13-083

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