This study will evaluate a treatment program for young children with Obsessive Compulsive
Disorder (OCD) and their families.
Childhood onset OCD is a serious condition that may be a predictor of illness in adulthood.
To date, no OCD psychotherapy trials have specifically focused on early childhood.
Development of interventions for childhood onset OCD that address both developmental
considerations and familial relationships is necessary.
Participants are randomly assigned to receive 12 sessions of either Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy (CBT) or Relaxation Training (RT) over the course of 14 weeks. The CBT treatment is
designed to lessen anxiety by addressing specific OCD symptoms. The relaxation intervention
addresses generalized feelings of anxiety with the expectation that OCD symptoms may benefit
indirectly. The clarity, completeness, acceptability, and feasibility of both interventions
is assessed. A 3-month post-treatment follow-up is also conducted.
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)