College of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Articles

Title

A cognitive behavioral intervention for compulsive handwashing with a thirteen-year-old boy

ISBN or ISSN

0033-3085

Publication Title

Psychology in the Schools

Volume

20

Issue

2

Publication Date / Copyright Date

4-1-1983

First Page

219

Last Page

222

Peer Reviewed

1

DOI Number

10.1002/1520-6807(198304)20:2<219::AID-PITS2310200215>3.0.CO;2-H

Abstract

Cognitive behavioral procedures have been shown to be effective in the treatment of adult obsessive-compulsive disorders. This article presents a case of successful treatment of compulsive handwashing in a thirteen-year-old boy through a cognitive behavioral intervention, showing the potential efficacy of these procedures with children for this type of behavior problem. The principal cognitive intervention was thought-stopping with which the child's obsessive ruminations were disrupted. Handwashing was reduced during treatment to fewer than six occurrences per day, and behavior change was maintained at follow-up 6 and 18 months after the intervention ended.

Disciplines

Medical Specialties | Medicine and Health Sciences

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