, Volume 39, Issue 4, pp 415-426
Date: 13 Mar 2008

Perfectionism and Peer Relations Among Children with Obsessive-compulsive Disorder

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The study examined perfectionism, symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and depression, and peer relationships among a clinical sample of 31 youth (age␣range 7–18 years) diagnosed with OCD. Using a correlational design, perfectionistic beliefs accounted for significant variance in OCD symptoms, depressive symptoms, and difficulties in peer relationships for children with OCD. One dimension of perfectionism, sensitivity to mistakes, was the most salient maladaptive aspect of perfectionism for this sample whereas another dimension, contingent self-esteem, emerged as the most salient adaptive dimension. Implications are discussed regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and developmental course of OCD among children and adolescents.

Portions of this study were presented at the 114th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (New Orleans, LA).