The negative toll OCD takes on a family and social functioning is well-documented and understood. In this study, we examine the academic impacts on youth living with this disorder.
This study has two objectives: One, to gather information from parents of OCD-affected youth about how the condition upsets their children in school. Two, compare responses about school functioning from a web-based sample to both a clinical sample and a community-based sample.
The clinical sample will include parents of OCD-affected youth who were assessed through POP and who had previously agreed to be re-contacted for future studies. All participants who have consented to the registry study will be invited, via email, to participate in an online survey (it’s an enhanced version of the web-based OCD in the classroom survey). Their children will be asked to provide assent for their parents to participate.
For the community-based sample, participants will be recruited via a letter. Flyers about the study will be distributed to community-based pediatric OCD treatment providers. The introductory letter will describe the study and inform potential participants that their survey responses will be anonymous.
Results from this research will contribute to the development of a program to address OCD in the classroom. The study may also lead to improving the understanding of how children and adolescents with OCD are affected in the classroom setting, and improved strategies in how school staff can support students with OCD.