Children's and Parents' Ability to Tolerate Child Distress: Impact on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.


Journal Article

The present study explored the concept of tolerance for child distress in 46 children (ages 5-8), along with their mothers and fathers, who received family-based CBT for OCD. The study sought to describe baseline tolerance, changes in tolerance with treatment, and the predictive impact of tolerance on symptom improvement. Tolerance was rated by clinicians on a single item and the CY-BOCS was used to measure OCD severity. Descriptive results suggested that all participants had some difficulty tolerating the child's distress at baseline while paired t tests indicated large improvements were made over treatment (d = 1.2-2.0). Fathers' initial tolerance was significantly related to symptom improvement in a multivariate regression as were fathers' and children's changes in distress tolerance over the course of treatment. Overall, results provide support for examining tolerance of child distress including its predictive impact and potential as a supplemental intervention target.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Selles, RR; Franklin, M; Sapyta, J; Compton, SN; Tommet, D; Jones, RN; Garcia, A; Freeman, J

Published Date

  • April 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 49 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 308 - 316

PubMed ID

  • 28756555

Pubmed Central ID

  • 28756555

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3327

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10578-017-0748-6


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States