Behavioral Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in African Americans

M. Hatch, S. Friedman, and C. Paradis


This paper reviews some important features in the presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in African Americans. Some adaptations to the behavioral treatment of OCD in African Americans are illustrated through the use of case examples. The growing awareness in psychology that cultural and ethnic issues are important factors in effective treatment planning forms the basis for the present paper. African Americans with OCD in particular have tended not to seek help in mental health settings, and there is little published research in this area. Thus, many clinicians and researchers may be unfamiliar with issues relevant to treatment issues of OCD in this population.


Reference: Cognitive and Behavioral Practice (1996) -