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A randomised controlled trial of cognitive behavioural treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder in children and adolescents

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Williams, T. I., Salkovskis, P.M., Forrester, E., Turner, S., White, H. and Allsopp, M. (2010) A randomised controlled trial of cognitive behavioural treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder in children and adolescents. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 19 (5). pp. 449-456. ISSN 1018-8827

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1007/s00787-009-0077-9

Abstract/Summary

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for young people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) has become the treatment of first choice. However, the literature is largely based on studies emphasising exposure and response prevention. In this study, we report on a randomised controlled trial of CBT for young people carried out in typical outpatient clinic conditions which focused on cognitions. A randomised controlled trial compares 10 sessions of manualised cognitive behavioural treatment with a 12-week waiting list for adolescents and children with OCD. Assessors were blind to treatment allocation. 21 consecutive patients with OCD aged between 9 and 18 years were recruited. The group who received treatment improved more than a comparison group who waited for 3 months. The second group was treated subsequently using the same protocol and made similar gains. In conclusion, CBT can be delivered effectively to young people with OCD in typical outpatient settings.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) Research Network
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Psychopathology and Affective Neuroscience
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
ID Code:18188
Uncontrolled Keywords:Obsessive compulsive disorder - Cognitive behaviour therapy - Randomised controlled trial - Treatment - Young people
Publisher:Springer Verlag

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