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Concentrated exposure and response prevention for adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder: An effectiveness study
University of Bergen and Haukeland University Hospital.
University of Bergen and Haukeland University Hospital.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Clinical psychology. University of Bergen and Karolinska Institutet.
Haukeland University Hospital.
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2016 (English)In: Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, ISSN 2211-3649, E-ISSN 2211-3657, Vol. 11, 13-21 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This study evaluated the effectiveness of a concentrated exposure and response prevention (ERP) treatment for adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Twenty-two adolescents with OCD (range 11–17 years) received therapist-assisted ERP during four consecutive days, followed by a three week period of self-administered ERP. Treatment was delivered to 2–3 patients and their parents simultaneously at an outpatient clinic for child and adolescent psychiatry as part of standard health care. OCD-symptoms were assessed at pre-treatment, post-treatment, 3- and 6-month follow-up. The results demonstrated that patients had significant reduction in OCD-symptoms from pre- to post-treatment and the gains were maintained at follow-up. 91% (n=20) were classified as responders at post-treatment, and 77% (n=17) at six-month follow-up. Remission rates were 73% (n=16) at post-treatment and 68% (n=15) at six-month follow-up. OCD-related impairment and symptoms of anxiety and depression were significantly reduced at post-treatment and follow-up. The results suggest that concentrated ERP is a promising treatment for adolescents with OCD.

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Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 11, 13-21 p.
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children, obsessive-compulsive disorder, exposure and response prevention, cognitive-behavioral therapy, intensive
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-134638DOI: 10.1016/j.jocrd.2016.07.004OAI: diva2:1034851
Available from: 2016-10-13 Created: 2016-10-13 Last updated: 2016-10-13

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