A call for volunteers to participate in a research study related to the use of technological devices for the treatment of cleaning OCD was made through different social networks. Volunteers interested in participating had to go to the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic, where they were given an information sheet with written details about the study and were asked to sign an informed consent form. A total of 28 volunteers participated in the study; 9 of them were men (31%) and 19 were women (69%), aged between 18 and 54 years (mean = 27.11 years, SD = 10.55 years).

Trained team members with more than 10 years of clinical experience administered the questionnaires and a structured interview [Structured Clinical Interview for Axis I Mental Disorder (SCID-I)]. Based on the results obtained from the evaluation, two groups were formed: control group (n = 11) and cleaning-OCD group (n = 17). The control group was formed by four men (36.4%) and seven women (63.6%), aged between 18 and 50 years (mean = 26.55 years, SD = 9.95 years). Cleaning-OCD group was formed by 5 men (29.4%) and 12 women (70.6%), aged between 19 and 54 years (mean = 27.47 years, SD = 11.19 years). Cleaning-OCD participants are characterized by obtaining a score of more than 13 points (cutoff point) in the Yale–Brown Scale for Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder (Y-BOCS) and by showing contamination/cleaning-OCD symptoms when doing the structured interview (SCID-I).

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