Group behavioral therapy of obsessive-compulsive disorder: Seven vs. twelve-week outcomes

Joseph A. Himle, Stephen Rassi, Hedieh Haghighatgou, Kathleen P. Krone, Randolph M. Nesse, James Abelson

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Abstract

Previous research has demonstrated that individualized behavioral exposure and response prevention therapy is an effective treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. In our prior preliminary report, 7-week group exposure and response prevention therapy was also found effective in reducing obsessions and compulsions. The present report describes a larger sample (N=113) of treatment seeking obsessive-compulsives who received group behavioral therapy. As before, group exposure and response prevention significantly improved ratings of obsessions, compulsions, and depression. These improvements were maintained at 3-month and long-term follow-up. A sub-sample of patients who received 12 weeks of treatment had outcomes at the end of the group and at follow-up that did not significantly differ from those who received 7 weeks of treatment. These results confirm the efficacy of a 7-week behavioral treatment program administered in a group format.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-165
Number of pages5
JournalDepression and Anxiety
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 30 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Behavioral therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Himle, J. A., Rassi, S., Haghighatgou, H., Krone, K. P., Nesse, R. M., & Abelson, J. (2001). Group behavioral therapy of obsessive-compulsive disorder: Seven vs. twelve-week outcomes. Depression and Anxiety, 13(4), 161-165. https://doi.org/10.1002/da.1032