Obsessive beliefs in youth with OCD and their mothers

Ashley S. Pietrefesa, Casey A. Schofield, Stephen P. Whiteside, Ingrid Sochting, Meredith E. Coles

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The current study builds from mounting support for a role of OCD-related beliefs in pediatric OCD and evidence suggesting a role of both genetic and environmental factors in conferring risk for obsessive-compulsive behaviors. Specifically, data are presented examining the correspondence in OCD-related beliefs in 28 youth with OCD and their mothers. Findings showed a significant, moderate, positive correlation between youth and their mothers' beliefs regarding inflated perceptions of personal responsibility and the likelihood of threat. However, perfectionism and certainty beliefs were not significantly correlated across generations, and beliefs regarding the importance and control of thoughts were negatively correlated in youth with OCD and their mothers. These initial findings are consistent with previous studies from unselected adolescents and adults with OCD and their relatives in suggesting that familial loading may be particularly strong for responsibility and threat beliefs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-197
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Cognitive Psychotherapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2010


  • Adolescents
  • Beliefs
  • Children
  • Cognitions
  • OCD
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Pediatric OCD
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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