An Uncontrolled Examination of a 5-Day Intensive Treatment for Pediatric OCD

Stephen P. Whiteside, Amy Brown Jacobsen

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This study examined the feasibility of a 5-day intensive treatment for pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Fifteen children with OCD received a week-long treatment based on exposure and response prevention (ERP). The intervention also emphasized teaching children and parents how to conduct ERP independently at home. All families completed the week-long treatment and symptoms improved significantly as measured by self- and parent-report forms, as well as the Children's Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale, F(2, 22)=45.67, p<.05. Total CY-BOCS scores decreased significantly from pretreatment (M=28.00, SD=4.24) to posttreatment [M=16.00, SD=6.0, F(1, 11)=34.38, p<.05] and from posttreatment to 5-month follow-up [M=11.5, SD=7.3; F(1, 11)=12.94, p<.05]. This level of improvement was consistent with other intensive treatments for pediatric OCD. The study suggests that the 5-day program is a promising treatment for children with OCD who do not have access to local providers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)414-422
Number of pages9
JournalBehavior Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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