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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).

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Hottenrott, B., Jelinek, L., Kellner, M. & Moritz, S. (2011). “Assoziationsspaltung” als Zusatzintervention für Patienten mit Zwangsstörung: Eine Fallbeschreibung [Association Splitting as an Add-On Intervention for Patients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Case Report], 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 & Experimental Psychiatry, 45, 427-434. [Download]

Jelinek, L., Hottenrott, B. & Moritz, S. (2009). Assoziationsspaltung – Eine neue Intervention zur Behandlung von Zwangsgedanken [Association splitting – A new treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder]. Notfall &  Hausarztmedizin, 35, 24–28.

Jelinek, L., Hottenrott, B. & Moritz, S. (2009). 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.

Moritz, S. & Jelinek, L. (2007). Association splitting Self-help guide for reducing obsessive thoughts (J. Volkert, Trans.). VanHam Campus Verlag: Hamburg.

Moritz, S. & Jelinek, L. (2011). Association splitting as a self-help technique for reducing obsessive thoughts. Depression & 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 & Cognitive Psychotherapy, 35, 631-635. [Download]

Musiat, P., Moritz, S, Jacobi, C. & Schmidt, U. (2014). Association splitting: Feasibility study of a novel technique to reduce weight and shape concerns. Eating & 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 & Cognitive Psychotherapy, 4, 433-440.