Cognitive-behavioral family treatment of childhood obsessive-compulsive disorder: Long-term follow-up and predictors of outcome

Paula Barrett*, Lara Farrell, Mark Dadds, Natalie Boulter

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Objective: The aims were to (1) evaluate the long-term durability of individual and group cognitive-behavioral family therapy for childhood obsessive-compulsive disorder and (2) investigate pretreatment predictors of long-term outcome. Method: Undertaken at a university-based clinic, this study involved 48 participants (8-19 years old) who had received individual or group cognitive-behavioral family therapy. Participants and parents were assessed at 12 and 18 months following treatment with standardized assessments, including diagnostic and symptom severity interviews, child self-report measures of anxiety and depression, and parental self-report of distress. Pretreatment data were used for the prediction of long-term outcome. Results: Analyses indicated treatment gains were maintained, with a total of 70% of participants in individual therapy and 84% in group therapy diagnosis free at follow-up. There were no significant differences between the individual or group conditions across measures. Results indicated that higher pretreatment severity and higher family dysfunction predicted worse long-term outcome. Conclusions: The results suggest that cognitive-behavioral family therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder provides long-term relief that it is equally effective in individual and group-based therapy. Focusing on family dysfunction may improve long-term prognosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1005-1014
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Anxiety disorders
  • Child/adolescent obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Cognitive-behavioral treatment
  • Long-term treatment outcome
  • Predictors of outcome


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