Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 39, Issue 4, pp 415–426

Perfectionism and Peer Relations Among Children with Obsessive-compulsive Disorder

Original Paper


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.


Perfectionism Obsessive-compulsive disorder Children and adolescents Peer relations 


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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Psychiatry and PediatricsUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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