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Metacognitive Therapy as an alternative to Exposure Treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Period: Jan 16, 2021 - Jan 16, 2021
Status: laufend

Cognitive behavior therapy including exposures is the most effective treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder. However, many of treated patients remain symptomatic. The metacognitive therapy could achieve substantial gains in first pilot studies. The purpose of this study is to investigate this approach with a randomized controlled trial by comparing metacognitive therapy with exposure and response prevention for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Following a pilot study with 40 individuals we currently conduct a bi-central study at the universities Leipzig and Marburg with the aim of including 70 participants.

Our main hypothesis is that the metacognitive treatment will be not inferior to exposure treatment.

Project partner

Prof. Dr. Cornelia Exner, University of Leipzig
Dr. Jana Hansmeier, University of Leipzig
Dr. Anke Haberkamp, University of Marburg


Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft


Ostbahnstr. 10 (3. OG, 3.1.11), 76829 Landau
+49 6341 280-35645
glombiewski at



Preregistration: Study 1 / Study 2

Haberkamp, A., Glombiewski, J. A., Schmidt, P., & Barke, A., (2017). The DIsgust-RelaTed-Images (DIRTI) Database: Validation of a novel standardized picture set of disgust. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 89, 86-94.

Hansmeier, J., Exner, C., Rief W. & Glombiewski, J. A. (2016). A test of the metacognitive model of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 10, 42-48.

Hansmeier, J., Glombiewski, J. A., Rief, W., & Exner, C. (2015). Differential memory effects for encoding and retrieving disorder-relevant contents in relation to checking. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 46(0), 99–106.

Hansmeier, J., Exner, C., Rief, W., & Glombiewski, J. A. (2014). Gedanken-Handlungs-Fusion und Zwangssymptome - eine Validierungsstudie der Thought Action Fusion-Skala (TAF-Skala) für den deutschen Sprachraum. Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, 43(3), 204–214.