First-line treatment for pediatric obsessive–compulsive disorder

Cary Jordan, Adam M. Reid, Amy Mariaskin, Bianca Augusto, Michael L. Sulkowski

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Pediatric obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common psychiatric disorder that impairs children’s functioning in home, school, and community settings. Once thought to be an untreatable or treatment refractory disorder, evidence-based treatments now exist for pediatric OCD. Various psychological treatment approaches for pediatric OCD have been investigated and research supports the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with exposure and response prevention (E/RP) and combined CBT/E/RP with serotonin reuptake inhibitor pharmacotherapy. This paper reviews these approaches and highlights the prominent role of CBT/E/RP as a first-line treatment for pediatric OCD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-248
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Contemporary Psychotherapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012


  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Evidence-based treatment
  • Exposure and response prevention
  • Obsessive–compulsive disorder
  • Pediatric OCD

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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