Understanding threat and intolerance of uncertainty in OCD

Kyle Dunn, a trainee clinical psychologist at the Newcastle University is inviting you to take part in an online research study the purpose of which is to investigate the the role of intolerance of uncertainty (IU) in predicting levels of anxiety in OCD. 

It is important to note that the aim of this research study will not be to inform you whether or not you have OCD. Rather, the aim is to explore the potential contribution of IU in predicting levels of anxiety in OCD.

Why have I been asked to take part in this research study?

This research study is for individuals who would identify as having OCD (according to their own experiences). Please note that participants do not have to have a formal diagnosis of OCD from a clinician to be able to take part. OCD-UK and OCD Action have been asked to act as gatekeepers for this research study. These organisations offer important information for individuals suffering with OCD, their family members, and the general public. However, you may have also accessed information about this research study through another forum (e.g. Facebook, Twitter etc.). It may be that you are currently experiencing OCD type symptoms (e.g. obsessions and/or compulsions), and have accessed this research study for self-support.

What are the inclusion criteria?

We are looking to recruit approximately 100 participants (males and females), 18 years of age and above to take part in the study. Fluency in English (due to the language element of the tests) is a requirement for participation in this research study.  

What does participation involve?

Once you have read this participant information sheet, you will then be asked to sign an online consent form to say that you have agreed to participate in this research study. You will then be asked to:

a) Complete an online demographics questionnaire (questions about your age, gender, and nationality etc.). This information is important as these may be factors which can influence some of the relationships in which we are interested (see: Why is this research important?).

b) You will then be asked to complete a questionnaire which will ask you questions related to any obsessions and/or compulsions that you may be currently experiencing. Having answered these questions, if you are eligible to participate and still wish to continue, you will be asked to complete a set of online questionnaires which will assess your current mood, levels of anxiety, and beliefs about uncertainty.

d) After this, you will be asked to identify the obsession or compulsion that is currently causing you the most anxiety or distress, and to describe a recent scenario where you have experienced this obsession or compulsion. It is important to note that for the purposes of the research study, you do not need to give large amounts of detail about your most bothersome obsession or compulsion; rather it is important that you are able to hold your chosen obsession or compulsion in mind when filling out the additional online questionnaires. Any information that you do give will be kept anonymous.

e) You will then be asked to answer a further series of online questionnaires related to your chosen scenario.

Please note that online instructions will be provided for all questionnaires. There is no limit on the amount of time to complete these, however, as a guide, most people take around 30-45 minutes to complete all of the questionnaires.

Once you have completed the questionnaires, you will then be provided with a debriefing sheet outlining further information about the research study. This will also include information on charities and national services who you can contact should you require further support or advice. Additionally, if you have any concerns about the research study specifically, you will be able to contact the principal investigator or one of the research team directly.

Here is the link for the study:


Please see the Information Sheet attached below for more information.