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Reassurance Seeking in OCD and Health Anxiety?

Reassurance Seeking in OCD and Health Anxiety
Research by Brynjar Halldorsson, University of Bath

Reassurance Seeking in OCD and Health Anxiety?

We would like to invite you to consider participating in a research study that aims to investigate reassurance seeking in people experiencing emotional disorders. We are particularly interested in exploring similarities between reassurance seeking and support seeking so that we can better understand how people seek reassurance and support, what motivates them to seek it and not seek it, and its perceived impact on people’s feelings and behaviours. This study is being completed as part of a doctoral research thesis and is supervised by Professor Paul Salkovskis.

We are recruiting participants who:

  • We are seeking people (18 years old and above) who seek reassurance and are currently experiencing: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or Health Anxiety.


What is involved?
If you would like to take part you will be asked to:

  • 1. You will be asked to participate in an interview about your experience of seeking reassurance and support.
  • 2. You will also be asked to complete few questionnaires about symptoms of anxiety and depression.


How long will it take?
In total it is expected that participation involves approximately 2 hours of your time, which is broken down into 30 minutes for the questionnaire part of the study and 90 minutes for the interview part of the study.

Where will the interview take place?
The interview will be done in person at a location that is convenient for you. It is also possible to do the interview over the phone or Skype.

How do I take part in this research?
For a confidential and informal discussion or for more details, please review the information sheet attached or get in touch with Brynjar Halldorsson using the contact details below:

  • For more information about the study please see further the INFORMATION SHEET
  • Brynjar Halldorsson, PhD researcher/Registered Clinical Psychologist/Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
    • Email:
    • Post: Professor Paul Salkovskis and Brynjar Halldorsson, Department of Psychology, 2 South, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY.
    • Telephone: 01225 385506 / 01225 385091.

For more information about the study, and how to get involved please open the information sheet in either PDF or Word format.

Word version of the full research description
PDF version of the full research description
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Ethical Approval Reference: This study has been approved by a group of independent people (Ethics Committee) to protect your rights, dignity, well-being and safety.  This application has been reviewed by the joint South London and Maudsley and the Institute of Psychiatry NHS Research Ethics Committee (REC reference: 07/Q0706/39) and has been given a favourable ethical opinion for conduct. Your participation is entirely voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any time, without giving a reason for doing so.

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