Understanding parental experiences of early obsessive-compulsive signs emerging at 4-10 years

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This study has been reviewed, and approved, by University of Manchester, University Research Ethics Committee 2 (UREC2) board (ref: 2022-14260-25225).


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Understanding parental experiences of early obsessive-compulsive signs emerging at 4-10 years

My name is James and I am conducting research with Dr Ming Wai Wan and Dr Rebecca Pedley in part fulfilment of a PhD at the University of Manchester. We would like to hear from parents in order to understand their experiences of parenting a child who has (or had, if since diagnosed) what may be considered as early obsessive-compulsive styles of thinking and behaviour.

What is the purpose of the study?
The purpose of this research is to carry out interviews to understand these early stages from the parents’ experience. This may be based on your current experience as a parent of a young child, or previous experience if your child is now older (11+ years).

We know from research that some children can show styles of thinking and behaviour that are repeated often, and which the child struggles to control. This can start to happen at primary school age or earlier, and may (or may not) be recognised as ‘obsessive-compulsive’. While some of these children later become diagnosed with a mental disorder (such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, OCD), others are not. Either way, these kinds of recurring thoughts and compulsive behaviours (to try to get rid of the thoughts) are likely to be challenging and distressing for families. Research in child mental health shows that early prevention is most effective, so this research seeks to understand the support such families need.

What will participants be asked to do?
Taking part would involve a 45-60 minute confidential interview. There are also 3 questionnaires which will take a total of 30-45 minutes to complete. These can either be completed online or on paper. The total duration of participation in the study (interview + questionnaires) is expected to be between 1 hour and 15 minutes and 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Further information
To find out more and take part, please click this link or contact James (the project researcher) at james.dilks@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk or by calling 0161 2755223.