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Association Splitting — A Technique for Reducing Obsessive Thoughts

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We have developed a new treatment method termed ‘association splitting’ that is designed to reduce the intensity and frequency of obsessive thoughts (e.g., excessive concern about contaminating others; uncertainty about having run over a pedestrian; fear of causing a catastrophe by failing to place things in a particular order or not saying a certain prayer). Click on the appropriate language below for further information (e.g., manual, theoretical background, administration of the training).









Hottenrott, B., Jelinek, L., Kellner, M., & Moritz, S. (2011). „Assoziationsspaltung“ als Zusatzintervention für Patienten mit Zwangsstörung: Eine Fallbeschreibung. Verhaltenstherapie, 21, 109–115.

Jelinek, L., Hauschildt, M., Hottenrott, B., Kellner, M., & Moritz, S. (2014). Further evidence for biased semantic networks in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): when knives are no longer associated with buttering bread but only with stabbing people. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 45, 427–434.

Jelinek, L., Hottenrott, B., & Moritz, S. (2009a). When cancer is associated with illness but no longer with animal or zodiac sign: investigation of biased semantic networks in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23, 1031–1036.

Jelinek, L., Hottenrott, B., & Moritz, S. (2009b). Assoziationsspaltung – eine neue Intervention zur Behandlung von Zwangsgedanken. Notfall and Hausarztmedizin, 35, 24–28.

Moritz, S. & Jelinek, L. (2007). Association splitting – self-help guide for reducing obsessive thoughts. Hamburg: VanHam Campus.

Moritz, S. & Jelinek, L. (2011). Association splitting as a self-help technique for reducing obsessive thoughts. Depression and Anxiety, 28, 574–581.

Moritz, S., Jelinek, L., Klinge, R., & Naber, D. (2007). Fight fire with fireflies! Association splitting: a novel cognitive technique to reduce obsessive thoughts. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 35, 631–635.

Musiat, P., Moritz, S, Jacobi, C., & Schmidt, U. (2014). Association splitting: feasibility study of a novel technique to reduce weight and shape concerns. Eating and Weight Disorders, 19, 153–158.

Rodríguez-Martín, B. C., Moritz, S., Molerio-Pérez, O., & Gil-Pérez, P. (2013). Effectiveness of association splitting in reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts in a nonclinical sample. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 4, 433–440.

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