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Intensive family-based CBT similarly effective to weekly CBT for paediatric obsessive compulsive disorder

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Dr Eric A Storch

Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida, Box 100234, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA



Is intensive cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) more effective than standard weekly CBT for children with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?


40 children aged 7–17 with a primary diagnosis of DSM-IV-TR OCD (Children’s Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale (CY-BOCS) score ⩾16) who had one parent able to accompany them to all treatment sessions. Exclusions: psychosis (current or previous); psychotropic medication change within past 8 weeks; bipolar disorder; pervasive developmental disorder; suicidal ideation; mental retardation or other disorder that would prevent understanding of CBT.


Participants self-presented to the OCD Program at University of Florida, USA; time period not stated.


Intensive CBT (90-min sessions on 5 days per week for 3 weeks) or standard weekly CBT (90 min on one day per week for 14 weeks) given in the presence of a family member. Intensive sessions were conducted by a team of three therapists according …

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  • Competing interests: Noned.