Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 173-184

First online:

The Role of the Family in Childhood Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder

  • Tracey L. WatersAffiliated withGriffith University
  • , Paula M. Barrett

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While obsessive–compulsive disorder is widely recognized to have a strong genetic component, psychosocial factors are also acknowledged to be important. The primary focus of this paper is on familial factors associated with OCD in children and adolescents. It explores the family context as a possible risk factor in the development and maintenance of the disorder, including parental modeling, expressed emotion, parenting style, and family accommodation of the child's symptoms. The involvement of the family in the treatment of the disorder is also reviewed. Finally, future directions for research investigating familial factors in childhood OCD are presented.

obsessive–compulsive disorder children family-relations treatment