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Five obsessive—compulsives who had previously benefited from individual behaviour therapy, but had subsequently relapsed, were included in 10-week group therapy programme designed to re-establish this behavioural approach with particular emphasis upon those factors which appeared to have been related to relapse. Considerable reductions in ratings of ritualistic behaviour and obsessional thinking were achieved and maintained at one year follow-up, with associated generalization to other areas of personal functioning. Possible prognostic variables were systematically examined. The results are discussed with reference to previous research studies. © 1986, British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. All rights reserved.

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Behavioural Psychotherapy

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