A Support Group for Adults with Children Suffering from Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Date of Award

Summer 7-27-2018

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Ken Messina


pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder, support group, parents, family accommodation, psychoeducation, coping skills



This project explores the literature on pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder and the effect it has on families. The articles reviewed show significant effects on the family including the importance of insight, family accommodation, parental understanding, caregiver burden, shame, guilt, and stigma as important factors to consider. The review includes the reliability and validity of common assessments for OCD and the efficacy of first-line OCD treatments. The included project that corresponds with the literature review is a support group for adults dealing with children and adolescents that have received a pediatric OCD diagnosis. The support group focuses on five key areas for members to make gains: general knowledge, coping skills, family cooperation, sense of belonging, and self-perception.

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