Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Eric A. Storch, Omar Rahman, Mirela A. Aldea, Jeannette M. Reid, Danielle Bodzin and Tanya K. Murphy

in The Oxford Handbook of Obsessive Compulsive and Spectrum Disorders

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195376210
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199940561 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders in Children and Adolescents

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This chapter reviews the literature on obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders (i.e., obsessive compulsive disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, trichotillomania, Tourette syndrome, and varied body-focused repetitive behaviors) in children and adolescents. For each disorder, data on phenomenology, associated clinical characteristics, etiology, and treatment are reviewed. The chapter concludes with a discussion of future research and clinical directions, such as novel augmentation strategies, diagnostic classification of obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders, and methods of maximizing treatment outcome.

Keywords: obsessive compulsive disorder; children; adolescents; body dysmorphic disorder; Tourette syndrome; tic disorders; trichotillomania; treatment; cognitive-behavioral therapy

Article.  21237 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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