Obsessive-compulsive disorder and suicidal experiences: The role of experiential avoidance

Objective Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is a disabling mental health problem that affects a significant proportion of the general population. Experiential avoidance appears to account for the development of anxiety and depressive symptoms. However, its relationship with OCD has yielded contradictory results. Furthermore, although OCD-specific thoughts and behaviors, including obsessing, checking, washing, and ordering, have been […]

The roles of emotion regulation self-efficacy and emotional avoidance in self-injurious thoughts and behaviors

Little research has examined the role of emotion regulation self-efficacy (ERSE; i.e., beliefs in one’s own ability to regulate emotions) in self-injurious thoughts and behaviors (SITBs) or the factors that may underlie this relation. This study investigated whether low ERSE relates to SITBs both directly and indirectly through avoidance of negative emotions. Participants (N = 364) completed […]

Experiential avoidance in the context of the Integrated-Motivational-Volitional Model of suicidal behavior: A moderation study

Background: According to the integrated motivational–volitional model of suicide, the perception of defeat and entrapment are the variables involved in the development of suicidal ideation. However, entrapment is not an inevitable consequence of feeling defeated. This transition is moderated by a set of variables relating to the ability to resolve the state of defeat. Aim: We aimed to […]

Change in experiential avoidance is associated with reduced suicidal ideation over the course of psychiatric hospitalization.

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Suicide bereavement and complicated grief: Experiential avoidance as a mediating mechanism.


Repetitive nonsuicidal self-injury as experiential avoidance among a community sample of adolescents.

Objective This study examined the relationship between experiential avoidance, functionally equivalent behaviors, and repetitive nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI/RNSSI) among adolescents. Method Self-report questionnaires from adolescents ( N = 211) from 3 school-based samples were employed to assess three forms of experiential avoidance (thought suppression, alexithymia, and avoidance/cognitive fusion), various aspects of self-mutilating behaviors, and the existence […]