Disgust and Its Disorders: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment Implications

Pages: 324
Item #: 4316108
ISBN: 978-1-4338-0397-0
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Copyright: 2009
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In recent years there has been a surge of research on disgust and its relation to phobic avoidance. This comprehensive volume provides the first, most extensive, up-to-date compilation of information available on this basic emotion.

Disgust and Its Disorders: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment Implications thoughtfully examines the role of disgust in psychopathology by highlighting important theoretical and methodological developments and discussing recent research on behavioral patterns that can be provoked by disgust. Contributors demonstrate that disgust plays an important role in a wide range of psychopathology, including sexual dysfunction, eating disorders, animal phobias, and obsessive–compulsive disorder. Disgust is shown to be a multi-dimensional construct that centers on the unifying theme of potential contamination of the body, soul, and broad social order.

Editors Olatunji and McKay thoroughly review the available research on disgust and shed light on how its interpretation will in turn facilitate the development of better treatment.

Table of Contents


—Sheila R. Woody

Introduction: The Emerging Importance of Disgust in Psychopathology
—Bunmi O. Olatunji and Dean McKay

I. Theory and Assessment

  1. Disgust: The Body and Soul Emotion in the 21st Century
    —Paul Rozin, Jonathan Haidt, and Clark McCauley
  2. Disgust Sensitivity: Psychometric Overview and Operational Definition
    —Bunmi O. Olatunji and Josh M. Cisler
  3. Disgust: A Cognitive Approach
    —Nathan L. Williams, Kevin M. Connolly, Josh M. Cisler, Lisa S. Elwood, Jeffrey L. Willems, and Jeffrey M. Lohr

II. Response Patterns

  1. The Acquisition and Maintenance of Disgust: Developmental and Learning Perspectives
    —Craig N. Sawchuk
  2. A Cross-Cultural Perspective on Disgust
    —Lisa S. Elwood and Bunmi O. Olatunji
  3. The Psychophysiology of Disgust: Motivation, Action, and Autonomic Support
    —Scott R. Vrana
  4. The Functional Neuroanatomy of Disgust
    —Anne Schienle

III. Disorders of Disgust

  1. Disgust and Animal Phobias
    —Graham C. L. Davey and Sarah J. Marzillier
  2. Disgust and Blood-Injury-Injection Phobia
    —Andrew C. Page and Benjamin J. Tan
  3. The Intersection of Disgust and Contamination Fear
    —Dean McKay and Melanie W. Moretz
  4. Food, Body, and Soul: The Role of Disgust in Eating Disorders
    —Nicholas Troop and Anna Baker
  5. Sex and the Sexual Dysfunctions: The Role of Disgust and Contamination Sensitivity
    —Peter J. de Jong and Madelon L. Peters
  6. The Treatment of Disgust
    —Suzanne A. Meunier and David F. Tolin
  7. Disgust and Psychopathology: Next Steps in an Emergent Area of Treatment and Research
    —Dean McKay and Bunmi O. Olatunji

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Bunmi O. Olatunji, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the journals International Journal of Cognitive Therapy and Journal of Anxiety Disorders. He has published more than 60 journal articles and book chapters and has participated in several conference presentations. As director of the Emotion and Anxiety Research Laboratory at Vanderbilt University, he is currently examining the role of basic emotions as they relate to the assessment, etiology, and maintenance of anxiety-related disorders. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. His research on the role of disgust in anxiety disorders has also been recognized by the American Psychological Association.

Dean McKay, PhD, ABPP, is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Fordham University in Bronx, New York. He is associate editor of Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy and currently serves on the editorial boards of the journals Behaviour Research and Therapy, Journal of Clinical Psychology, and Journal of Anxiety Disorders. He has published more than 70 journal articles and book chapters and has participated in more than 100 conference presentations. He has been a member of the Obsessive Compulsive Cognitions Workgroup since 1995 and a member of the Health Anxiety Workgroup since 2006.

In addition to this volume, he is editor or coeditor of several published and forthcoming texts, including a volume on the treatment of refractory cases using cognitive behavior therapy to be published by the American Psychological Association (with Jonathan Abramowitz and Steven Taylor). Other volumes he has edited or coedited include texts on obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), diagnosis in anxiety disorders, research methods, and treatment of refractory childhood and adolescent disorders. He is board certified in behavioral and clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, is a fellow of the American Board of Behavioral Psychology and the Academy of Clinical Psychology, and a clinical fellow of the Behavior Research and Therapy Society.

His research has focused primarily on OCD, body dysmorphic disorder and hypochondriasis and their link to OCD, and the role of disgust in psychopathology. Dr. McKay's research has also examined mechanisms of information-processing bias for anxiety states. He is codirector and founder of the Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Research, a private treatment and research center in White Plains, New York.

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