Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Adolescent Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy
Springer Publishing Company
There is growing support for the use of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) as a treatment for adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), but no research has been published on the use of ACT for adolescent OCD. This preliminary study investigated ACT for youth with OCD using a multiple baseline across participants design. Three adolescents, ages 12 or 13 years, were treated with 8–10 sessions of ACT (without in-session exposure exercises). The primary dependent variable was daily self-monitoring of compulsions. Results showed a 40% mean reduction in self-reported compulsions from pretreatment to posttreatment, with results maintained at 3-month follow-up, for a reduction of 43.8%. Pretreatment to posttreament reductions in Children's Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (CY-BOCS) ratings of OCD severity were 50.0%, 12.5%, and 22.0%; pretreatment to follow-up reductions were 54.0%, 12.5%, and 61.0%. Treatment procedures were rated by participants and parents as highly acceptable. Implications and future directions are discussed.
Armstrong, A. B., *Morrison, K. L., & Twohig, M. P.(2013). Acceptance and commitment therapy for adolescent obsessive compulsive disorder. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 27, 175-190.