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J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2010;39(5):616-26. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2010.501285.

Clinical and cognitive correlates of depressive symptoms among youth with obsessive compulsive disorder.

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UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, CA, USA. tperis@mednet.ucla.edu

Abstract

Depression is the most common comorbidity among adults with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), yet little is known about depressive symptoms in childhood OCD. This study examined clinical and cognitive variables associated with depressive symptomatology in 71 youths (62% male, M age = 12.7 years) with primary OCD. Youths presented with a range of depressive symptoms, with 21% scoring at or above the clinical cutoff on the self-report measure of depression. Higher levels of depressive symptoms were associated with higher levels of cognitive distortions assessed on measures of insight, perceived control, competence, and contingencies. Depressive symptoms were also linked to older age and more severe OCD. Low perceived control and self-competence and high OCD severity independently predicted depression scores.

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20706915
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PMC2950107
DOI:
10.1080/15374416.2010.501285
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