The Impact of Perceptions of OCD on Individuals with OCD and their family and friends.

Research by Sian Dallimore, Dr Claire Lomax & Prof. Paul Salkovskis, University of Bath

January Update:
Huge thanks to everyone who has taken part so far. Prof Paul Salkovskis and Sian Dallimore are still looking for another 35 people who suffer with OCD and their family member or friend to take part in research aiming to better understand the family impact of OCD. If you're interested, take a look at the further information and please get in touch!

Thank you for showing your interest in this research project. I am a Trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of Bath working alongside Dr Claire Lomax and Prof. Paul Salkovskis. We are looking for people who are currently experiencing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and a family member or friend who would like to take part in this study.

What is the purpose of the study?
The support of family and friends can be really important for someone who is dealing with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). However, it is often hard for these family and friend carers to know the best way to help someone with OCD. Sometimes this can cause a lot of distress.

We are hoping to work out how people’s views of OCD influence how distressed people feel and the way that carers help their friends or relatives. We would like to invite people who experience OCD and a family member or friend to take part in an online questionnaire.

What would taking part involve?

  1. You would be asked to complete a questionnaire about your perceptions of OCD
  2. You would also be asked to fill in a few other questionnaires about psychological distress and the ways family members and friends carers offer support

Who can take part in this research project?
We are looking for adults who are currently experiencing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder to take part along with a family member or friend over the age of 18 who provides help with everyday tasks or emotional support. To show our appreciation for your time, you and your family member or friend will each receive a £5 Amazon voucher which you can choose to donate to OCD-UK should you wish to.

How do I take part in this research project?
If you are interested in taking part in this project, and to find out more information, please contact Sian:
By email:
By phone: 07585 858062
By post: Sian Dallimore,
6 West 0.9,
University of Bath
Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
Or visit

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