Monash University
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Transdiagnostic Compulsive Behaviour: A Multidimensional Investigation into the Affective Processes underlying Maladaptive Repetitive Behaviours.

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posted on 2021-01-21, 05:23 authored by LAUREN KATE DEN OUDEN
Compulsivity is a poorly understood transdiagnostic construct, thought to underlie many maladaptive, repetitive behaviours including those related to obsessive-compulsive disorder, as well as substance and behavioural addictions. This thesis showed that compulsive behaviours can be conceptualised as maladaptive attempts to regulate distressing emotions and that disruptions to the neurobiological affective systems with the brain may make people more vulnerable to compulsivity. This new knowledge contributed to our understanding of what causes compulsivity and thus, how it can be treated and prevented.


Principal supervisor

Murat Yucel

Additional supervisor 1

Rebecca Segrave

Additional supervisor 2

Chao Suo

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Psychological Sciences

Campus location



Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology

Degree Type