An analysis of response prevention and flooding procedures in the treatment of adolescent obsessive compulsive disorder

Carole V. Harris, Deborah J. Wiebe

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Flooding and response prevention have been widely used in the treatment of adult obsessive compulsive disorder but have been overlooked in favor of less restrictive procedures when treating children. The present case investigates the utility of these procedures in an adolescent with severe compulsive handwashing. Treatments were introduced hierarchically to minimize subject distress; graded exposure decreased the frequency of handwashing, but flooding was required to eliminate the compulsion. Guidelines for the ethical use of flooding and exposure therapies with children are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-115
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1992


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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