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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

As can be seen below, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) currently has the most research evidence for the treatment of young people with OCD. This treatment can be administered in a variety of different formats, each of which has varying levels of research support.

Child & Adolescent OCD

What does this mean?
Probably Efficacious
What does this mean?
  • Individual CBT
  • Family Focused Individual CBT
Possibly Efficacious
What does this mean?
  • Family-focused Group CBT
  • Group CBT
What does this mean?
  • Technology-based CBT

Not Effective
What does this mean?

  • None
Source: Freeman, J., Garcia, A., Frank, H., Benito , K., Conelea, C., Walther, M., & Edmunds, J. (2013): Evidence-Base Update for Psychosocial Treatments for Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, DOI:10.1080/15374416.2013.804386
* The Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology does not present conclusions based on research examining the effectiveness of medications.  Instead, we review all treatment research that includes psychological therapies, including those that involve medication.

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