The purpose of this study is to investigate the role of a mindfulness-based skills training program for parents of children with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
We will explore if parents involved in this group experience any change in their levels of stress, feelings of being an effective parent and family relationships compared to waiting list controls. We will look at how the family manages OCD in their lives. In particular, we wonder if mindfulness skills training will help increase the parents ability to tolerate distress in their child secondary to OCD and as such reduce the family accommodation of OCD. We know that family accommodation is an important negative prognostic predictor for children with OCD. We will therefore measure OCD symptom severity and functional impact in these children.
Participants will be entered into an the 8 week lead-in waiting list period followed by entry into the P-MBST group consisting of 8 weekly sessions lasting 1.5 hours each. Measures of parent, family and child functioning will be completed by the parents at various points throughout the study. These results will be analyzed comparing measures before and after intervention and between groups.
From this novel minimal-risk study we hope to gain valuable information regarding a new approach to support parents of OCD-affected children and indirectly manage pediatric OCD. It anticipated that participants will derive benefit from the social support of other parents with OCD-affected youth, allowing the opportunity to share experiences and discuss the effects of OCD upon their family. Families attending the OCD GF-CBT have expressed a wish for ongoing support including mindfulness approaches. It is suggested that participation in groups may reduce parental stress with resultant benefits for the family functioning and relationships. There may a reduced impact of OCD on the life of the child.