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Age at Child Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Onset, 2014

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Kenyon, Katherine (University of Manitoba)
  • Eaton, Warren (University of Manitoba)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Google Ad Grants
Free Keywords
anxiety; child health; childhood; children; family life; symptoms; treatment
  • Abstract

    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.
  • Methods

    Presence of Common Scales: OCD survey items were custom-designed for this survey.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2013
  • 2013-01-19 / 2013-09-05
    Collection date: 2013-01-19--2013-09-05
Geographic Coverage
  • Global
Sampled Universe
Children whose parents reported that they had symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Parents who clicked on a Google text ad about childhood obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Collection Mode
  • web-based survey

One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions; consult the study documentation to learn more on how to obtain the data.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 36232 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-06 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2015-07-15

Kenyon, Katherine; Eaton, Warren (2015): Age at Child Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Onset, 2014. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.