Phenomenonology of sexual thoughts and images in people with obsessive compulsive disorder

Jess Simmonds is conducting an investigation into the phenomenology of sexual thoughts and images and would like to invite you to participate in this research study which will form part of her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology research.

What is the purpose of the project?

The experience of intrusive sexual thoughts, doubts and images is very common. However, there are many differences in the personal understanding and response to these thoughts, but little is known about this. The purpose of the study is to investigate the experience of sexual thoughts, doubts and images about children in a wide cross-section of people. This will provide a background to further the understanding of psychological processes in those individuals who experience various difficulties with sexual thoughts.

This research study about sexual thoughts and images seeks participants with OCD who are bothered by these experiences.

OCD can take many forms and the experience of distressing intrusive thoughts about sex with children is common. These thoughts are understandably very upsetting and people may not recognise these thoughts as being part of OCD for some time. Unfortunately, these experiences can sometimes be misunderstood by professionals, meaning that people do not get the correct diagnosis and help.

The researchers are trying to find out more about the experience of such thoughts or images in a confidential study involving completing questionnaires and a short telephone interview. They hope that the information gained from the study will help people with such thoughts by enabling better identification of the problem and improving psychological therapy.

You will receive a £20 Amazon voucher to thank you for your time. (Taking part in the study will not affect your care in the NHS in any way.)

If you would be interested in taking part, for further details or for an informal and confidential discussion about any aspect of the study, please contact:

Jess Simmonds on OCDthoughts@kcl.ac.uk or 07525237306