Date of Award:

2012

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Department:

Psychology

Advisor/Chair:

Clint E. Field

Abstract

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) has been used with promising results for adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). There are currently no published studies utilizing ACT for pediatric OCD. An investigative pilot study utilizing a nonconcurrent multiple baseline design examined the extent of treatment effects when ACT is employed for pediatric OCD. Three children under the age of 12 were enrolled in a nine-session ACT treatment protocol. The primary dependent variable was number of obsessive cognitions as recorded by participants within a participant-observer framework. Treatment response was also evaluated using the Children’s Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (CY-BOCS). Results indicated that two of three participants successfully responded to treatment as evidenced by significant reductions in selfobserved frequency of obsessive cognitions. Results further indicated large reductions for all participants on the CY-BOCS with a mean score decrease of 47.26%. Implications and future directions were considered. The research yielded results that indicated that ACT may be useful in the treatment of pediatric OCD and that further research is warranted.

Comments

This work made publicly available electronically on May 11, 2012.

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