The influence of cultural factors on obsessive compulsive disorder: Religious symptoms in a religious society. Academic Article uri icon


  • Studied the influence of ultraorthodox (UO) Judaism on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in 34 Israeli psychiatric outpatients with OCD. Religious symptoms were found in 13 of the 19 UO Ss and in only 1 of the 15 non-UO Ss. Nine of the 15 UO Ss also had nonreligious symptoms. There were 4 main topics of religious symptomatology: prayer, dietary practices, menstrual practices, and cleanliness before prayer. The UO religious codes regarding these topics are presented. The forms of the religious obsessions and the associated rituals were similar to the presentation of the OCD in the non-UO Ss. Religion does not appear to be a distinctive topic of OCD, rather it is the setting for the condition in very religious Ss.(PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • January 1, 1994