Do different parenting styles contribute to and predict offspring obsessive-compulsive symptoms?

Charlotte Burkett, a Developmental Psychology undergraduate at the University of Worcester, would like to invite you to take part in a research project which involves completing an anonymous online survey.

What is the purpose of the research?

This study aims to explore relationships and differences in perceived parenting styles by those who exhibit obsessive-compulsive behaviours. The study will also seek to identify if certain parenting styles act as predictors to the type of obsessive-compulsive symptomatology i.e washer & checker.

Who is invited to take part?

You are invited to take part if you exhibit obsessive-compulsive behaviours. The only exclusion criteria of this study are age, I am specifically looking for participants aged between 21 and 40.

What will happen if I agree to take part?

If you agree to take part, you will be asked to complete an anonymous survey. You will be provided with a link which will take you to an anonymous online survey. The survey will ask questions regarding the types of obsessive-compulsive behaviours you carry out and regarding the parenting style you perceive your parents/carers to have. All questions are optional to answer, and you will also have a “prefer not to say” option. You can expect the survey to take 20 minutes to complete.

What are the benefits for me in taking part?

Your contribution will help provide researchers with more insight into parenting styles and how/whether these contribute to the development of obsessive-compulsive behaviours. Long term, this may contribute to educating parents/carers on the effects of their parenting styles in relation to obsessive-compulsive behaviours; educating parents and carers on such issues could have a positive impact on their children and could help alleviate or prevent obsessive-compulsive behaviours.

You will find the survey here:

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Charlotte Burkett, researcher, at Alternatively, you may be able to contact the supervisor: Helen Nicholas at