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Volume 5, issue 2

Zespół natręctw

Behavioral therapy of obsessive-compulsive patients and their family members

IVOR HAND1
1. Psychiatrische und Nervenklinik, Universitätskrankenhaus Eppendorf, Hamburg
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 1996, 5, 115-139
Keywords: obsessive-compulsive disorder, behavioral approach, behavioral therapy

Abstract

The paper begins with an overview of current concepts representing the behavioral approach and concerning the phenomenology of obsessive- compulsive disorder. This is followed by basic epidemiological data on the prevalence and comorbidity of the obsessive- compulsive syndrome. Individual and interactional functions served by compulsive behaviors are discussed and the basics of behavioral therapy of the obsessive-compulsive disorder are outlined against this background. The latter are illustrated by case studies. Moreover, findings of outcome studies in this field are cited. (Ed.)

Address for correspondence:
Prof. Ivor Hand, Psychiatrische und Nervenklinik Universitatskrankenhaus Eppendorf, Martinistr. 52, 20246 Hamburg, Deutschland