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Depress Anxiety. 2001;13(4):161-5.

Group behavioral therapy of obsessive-compulsive disorder: seven vs. twelve-week outcomes.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-0840, USA.


Previous research has demonstrated that individualized behavioral exposure and response prevention therapy is an effective treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. In our prior preliminary report, 7-week group exposure and response prevention therapy was also found effective in reducing obsessions and compulsions. The present report describes a larger sample (N=113) of treatment seeking obsessive-compulsives who received group behavioral therapy. As before, group exposure and response prevention significantly improved ratings of obsessions, compulsions, and depression. These improvements were maintained at 3-month and long-term follow-up. A sub-sample of patients who received 12 weeks of treatment had outcomes at the end of the group and at follow-up that did not significantly differ from those who received 7 weeks of treatment. These results confirm the efficacy of a 7-week behavioral treatment program administered in a group format.

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