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Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2008 Jan;117(1):67-75. Epub 2007 Nov 6.

Symptom dimensions and cognitive-behavioural therapy outcome for pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA.



To examine whether obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) symptom subtypes are associated with response rates to cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) among pediatric patients.


Ninety-two children and adolescents with OCD (range = 7-19 years) received 14 sessions of weekly or intensive (daily psychotherapy sessions) family-based CBT. Assessments were conducted at baseline and post-treatment. Primary outcomes included scores on the Children's Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale (CY-BOCS), remission status, and ratings on the Clinical Global Improvement (CGI) and Clinical Global Impression - Severity (CGI-Severity) scales.


Seventy-six per cent of study participants (n = 70) were classified as treatment responders. Patients with aggressive/checking symptoms at baseline showed a trend (P = 0.06) toward improved treatment response and exhibited greater pre/post-treatment CGI-Severity change than those who endorsed only non-aggressive/checking symptoms. Step-wise linear regression analysis indicated higher scores on the aggressive/checking dimension were predictive of treatment-related change in the CGI-Severity index. Regression analysis with CY-BOCS score as the dependent variable showed no difference between OCD subtypes.


Response to CBT in pediatric OCD patients does not differ substantially across subtypes.

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