Age at Child Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Onset, 2014 (ICPSR 36232)

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Katherine Kenyon, University of Manitoba; Warren Eaton, University of Manitoba

https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36232.v1

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which involves obsessional thoughts and compulsive actions performed in response to those thoughts, is an anxiety disorder that affects many children. An important question is whether early-onset OCD should be viewed as a special type of OCD, one that it has different characteristics than later-onset OCD. If so, individuals with early-onset OCD might respond differently to treatments. Consequently, the age of children at OCD onset was a focus of this study. Past researchers have reported that early age at onset is linked to more severe symptoms and that more males than females have the early-onset type of OCD. As such, we predicted that males would develop the disorder earlier than females and therefore experience more severe OCD symptoms. We used an online survey to recruit parents and caregivers of children with OCD from countries with large English-speaking populations. Girls and boys did not differ significantly in the severity of symptoms, nor was the severity of their symptoms predicted by the age at which their OCD symptoms first appeared. However, poorer family functioning was associated with greater OCD symptom severity. The role of family functioning in child OCD has been little studied, so future research should attend to the relation between family functioning and the development and severity of OCD symptoms in children.

Kenyon, Katherine, and Eaton, Warren. Age at Child Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Onset, 2014. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-07-15. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36232.v1

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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
2013
2013-01-19 -- 2013-09-05

Parents who clicked on a Google text ad about childhood obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Cross-sectional

Children whose parents reported that they had symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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survey data

OCD survey items were custom-designed for this survey.

2015-07-15

2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Kenyon, Katherine, and Warren Eaton. Age at Child Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Onset, 2014. ICPSR36232-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-07-15. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36232.v1

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