Pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed childhood psychiatric disorders, estimated to occur in one to four percent of children, and typically portends a chronic and debilitating prognosis. The purpose of this qualitative, phenomenological research was to explore the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral characteristics surrounding the lived experiences of parenting a child with OCD and to discover the types of parental attributions present in the parent-child interactions. Using interpretative phenomenological analysis, data was collected through parental interviews with semi-structured, open-ended questions and daily parenting journals. Nine parents participated and eight themes emerged from the interviews identifying a range of emotions within their parenting experiences: relief, fear, guilt, anger, anxiety, sadness, feeling judged, and joy. Analysis of the daily journal data indicated (a) high levels of expressed emotion in families influenced the types of attributions parents formed, (b) high levels of expressed emotions encouraged family accommodation, and (c) subjectivity was present in parental attribution formation. The specific focus on the parents of children with OCD in this research was expressed as validation to give meaning to their parenting experiences. The significance of this study was based on the prevalence of childhood OCD and the lack of understanding the daily lived experiences of parenting a child with pediatric OCD. Considerations for future research include increased sample diversity, the recruitment of more fathers, parental attribution retraining, and sibling interviews.
|Department:||School of Psychology|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral psychology, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Family accommodation, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Pediatrics|
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