Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 173–184

The Role of the Family in Childhood Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder

Authors

  • Tracey L. Waters
    • Griffith University
  • Paula M. Barrett
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1009551325629

Cite this article as:
Waters, T.L. & Barrett, P.M. Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev (2000) 3: 173. doi:10.1023/A:1009551325629

Abstract

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 disorderchildrenfamily-relationstreatment

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