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Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
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Checking heterogeneity and its relationships with action identification level

  Sanaâ Belayachi - Department of Psychology: Cognition and Behaviour, University of Liège, Liège, Belgium
  Martial Van der Linden - Department of Psychology: Cognition and Behaviour, University of Liège, Liège, Belgium

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Consistent with the action identification theory proposal that some people identify their actions at a low-level (action processing regarding motor parameters) while others generally identify actions at a high-level (regarding goal features), and that a low-level of action identification leads to behavioral dysregulation (repetition, doubts about completion), checking proneness was found to be related to low-level action identification. Nevertheless, checking can be motivated by several factors (dysfunctional beliefs, incompleteness feelings). In the present research, we re-examine the level at which actions are identified by distinct subtypes of checking-prone participants. In Study 1, cluster analysis leads to the identification of four checking subtypes based on two dysfunctional beliefs domains (responsibility and perfectionism); a low-level of action identification may characterize a checking subtype that is not motivated by dysfunctional beliefs. Study 2 further reveals that anxiety and the co-occurrence of obsessing features characterize the checking subtype related to a low-level action identification.

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Miss Sanaâ Belayachi

Obsessive-compulsive disorder; checking; heterogeneity; dysfunctional beliefs; action identification; action regulation; goal processing.

Received 18 Nov 2015; Revised 9 Feb 2017; Accepted 9 Feb 2017; In Press 19 Mar 2017

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