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Scrupulosity (or religious obsessions) and OCD - treatment seeking and the influence on religiosity

You are invited to be in a research study.  In this study we want to learn more about religious obsessions as part of OCD for young people who are ages 18 - 21. This study is being conducted by Nora Krause, L.C.S.W.  It is a Capstone II requirement of the University of Tennessee - Knoxville D.S.W. program.

Who can participate?

You can if: 1) your age is 18 - 21 AND
                  2) you have OR have had symptoms of OCD
                  3) AND you have OR have had religious obsessions

What is a religious obsession?

Religious obsessions might include saying a prayer over and over because you think you did not say it correctly, or thinking that you have offended God because you had a sinful thought and this makes you very anxious.  There are a lot of kinds of religious obsessions.

What will happen?

You will answer questions on your computer.  The questions will ask about types of symptoms, experiences of the symptoms, and how you might have gotten help.  It will take 15 minutes to answer the questions.

Are there risks?

Answering the questions should not cause you any harm.  If you think that answering a question will make you feel more anxious or make you upset, you can skip it or even stop.

Will being in this study help me?

The research may not directly help you, but it could give information to help therapists.  It could also help young people who have these kind of symptoms, and their families.

Will my answers be confidential?

All of the information from this study will be stored by the researcher in a password protected data file.  Your answers will be anonymous.  Unless you want to contact the researcher and give your name, there will be no way to identify you.  The only person who will be able to see the answers will be the Prinicpal Investigator.

Should I participate?

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary.  You can quit at any time.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions at any time about the study or the procedures, you may contact the researcher, Nora Krause, L.C.S.W. at and (615) 708-2053.  Robert Mindrup, PsyD, is the faculty advisor.  You can also ask questions by emailing him at  If you have questions about your rights as a participant, you may contact the University of Tennessee IRB Compliance Officer at utkirb@utkedu or (865) 974-7697.  Or you can write to the University of Tennessee IRB Compliance Officer at:
                                Institutional Review Board
                                University of Tennessee
                                1534 White Avenue
                                 Knoxville, TN  37996-1529

I have read the above information.  The procedures, risks, and benefits have been explained.
I confirm that I am age 18 - 21, and agree to participate in this study by checking "YES".