Burgeoning research has highlighted the importance of family accommodation in obsessive-compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders. Family accommodation is considered a key factor impacting childhood OCD, implicated in its course, severity, impairment, and treatment response. Family accommodation of childhood OCD refers to changes that parents make in their own behavior to help their child avoid or alleviate distress related to the disorder.
Research in recent years has led to significant advances in understanding the neurobiological underpinnings of family accommodation, and to the development of efficacious parent-based interventions aimed at reducing family accommodation.
This webinar reviews the key data relevant to family accommodation of childhood OCD, including its prevalence and common forms, and introduces The SPACE Program, a parent-based intervention that reduces children’s symptoms by replacing family accommodation with supportive parental responses. Supportive responses acknowledge the child’s distress while also conveying confidence in a child’s ability to cope with and tolerate distress.
- Describe a minimum of three common forms of family accommodation of childhood OCD.
- Assess family accommodation using child-rated and parent-rated measures.
- Design and implement a plan for reduction in parental family accommodation for different forms of OCD.
Professor Eli Lebowitz studies and treats childhood and adolescent anxiety at the Yale School of Medicine, Child Study Center, where he is director of the Program for Anxiety Disorders. His research focuses on the development, neurobiology, and treatment of anxiety and related disorders, with special emphasis on family dynamics and the role of parents in these disorders. Dr. Lebowitz is the lead investigator on multiple funded research projects, and is the author of research papers and of books and chapters on childhood and adolescent anxiety. Dr. Lebowitz’ work has been recognized by private and public organizations including a NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Foundation, a Career Development Award from NIMH, and he was named a Yale Center for Clinical Investigation Scholar with support from The National Center for Advancing Translational Science. He is also the father of three great boys.