Identification of cues associated with compulsive, bulimic, and hair-pulling symptoms

Thomas B. Mackenzie, Stephen L. Ristvedt, Gary A. Christenson, Alyson Smith Lebow, James E. Mitchell

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Subjects with obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, or trichotillomania selected cues which elicited or worsened their symptoms from a 339 item list. Principal components analysis suggested a four-component solution. Each disorder was significantly associated with one of these components. Diagnostic assignment based on component scores yielded 85% correct classification. The diagnostic groups did not differ on a negative feeling state component. The results indicate that both disorder-specific and generic components exist. This approach has potential for defining clinical subtypes, studying the interaction of feeling states and environmental cues in evoking symptoms, and designing treatment strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-16
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1995


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