Assessment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder among Nursing Students in Alriyada College in Jeddah and its Relationship to Some Variables


  • Amal Ali Mesfer Alblowy



obsessions, compulsions, prevalence, symptoms.


Background: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common neuropsychiatric disorder that
occurs across the whole life span and is classified under anxiety disorders. It is a combination of
illogical thoughts and compulsory behaviors caused by anxiety. Aim: To assess obsessive-compulsive
disorder among female nursing students in Alriyada college in Jeddah and its relationship to some
variables. Materials and Methods: A quantitative study “descriptive design”. The total number of
study participants was (N =279). Data was collected through one tool by “Arabic Scale of Obsession-
Compulsion” (ASOC). Results: The weighted mean for all dimensions of obsessive-compulsive disorder
were 1.5458 ± .36035. The highest mean score of OCD symptoms 1.9023 ± .48364 was related to the
“orderliness and discipline” dimension, followed by 1.7513 ± .53314 were related to the “obsessive
thoughts” dimension. Conclusion and Recommendations: The study showed a low prevalence of
OCD among study participants. The study recommended early detection, and prevention programs to
reduce the negative impact of OCD disorder on the behavior, the mental health of the individual, and
society. Also, public awareness, screening, and the presence of an educational psychologist in college
may help for early detection and symptom management.

Author Biography

Amal Ali Mesfer Alblowy

Master of Psychiatric and Mental Health (Nursing), King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia