Calling all parents of children with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Chloe Chessell is a PhD student working on a project which aims to increase access to psychological treatment for children with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This project is supervised by Dr Brynjar Halldorsson, Dr Kate Harvey and Professor Cathy Creswell.

The aim of this research study is to conduct qualitative interviews with (i) parents of children aged 7 to 12 years old who are suspected to have OCD, (ii) parents of children aged 7 to 12 years old who have a diagnosis of OCD, or (iii) parents of children aged 7 to 14 years old who were previously diagnosed with OCD by a mental health professional (when aged 7 to 12 years old). The interview aims to understand parents’ experiences of parenting a child with OCD, and parents’ views towards parent involvement in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for childhood OCD. 

Parents who give informed consent to participate in the research will be asked to complete 1-2 short screening questionnaires to confirm they are eligible to take part. These questionnaires will take approximately 10-25 minutes to complete. Eligible parents will then form a pool of participants who will be selected for interview. Parents who are selected for interview will be sent a ‘parent factsheet’ one week prior to their interview, which outlines what CBT for OCD is, and different ways parents can be involved in treatment, for their reference prior to and during the interview. It is anticipated the interview will last for approximately 45 minutes. This study has been developed with input from parents with experience of parenting a child with OCD, and clinical psychologists from a local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

This study has received ethical approval from the University of Reading Ethics Committee and the London Bridge NHS Ethics Committee.

Please click on the link below for more information

Please also see the study advert which contains a link for parents to access an online Information Sheet and consent to be contacted by the research team (parents are also able to request paper copies of this information).