Integrating family therapy into exposure-based CBT for a Spanish patient with obsessive scrupulosity
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Obsessive-compulsive symptom profiles vary widely among individuals and may be affected by cultural backgrounds. In the case of scrupulosity, moral and religious principles are the target of obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Cognitive biases and beliefs have special relevance in the origin and maintenance of obsessive scrupulosity. In addition, rigid and exaggerated beliefs about morality are held by these patients. Moral and religious principles are mainly transmitted by family. These influences may be more prominent in cultures, such as the Spanish culture, where family and religion are important values for individuals. The authors describe the treatment of a Spanish patient with obsessive scrupulosity. Family therapy strategies were integrated into exposure-based CBT in order to facilitate the modification of beliefs, behaviors, and pathological family relationships. The patient exhibited clinically significant improvements in OCD symptoms. Findings from this case show t...