Family Functioning and Accommodation in Parents of Children with Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms

Lauren Paige Luckert, Fordham University


Parents of children with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are confronted with their child’s symptoms on a daily basis and must develop coping strategies that allow for the continued functioning of both the child and family. In the present study, 119 parents of children with OCD symptoms rated factors related to the child (perceived symptom severity, functional impairment), factors related to the parent (parental self-efficacy [PSE], parental accommodation, life stressors), and the overall functioning of the family as a whole. Regression analyses found that PSE and life stressors predicted parental accommodation when accounting for child factors. Furthermore, regression analyses indicated that PSE, life stressors, and parental accommodation predicted family functioning when accounting for child factors. No evidence for the moderating effect of PSE was found. A significant relationship between PSE and parental accommodation was identified. Moreover, parents with high PSE indicated significantly lower levels of family dysfunction than did parents with moderate and low PSE. Exploratory analyses examined age and gender differences in OCD subtype domains, as well as their relationship with parental accommodation. Methodological issues and practical implications of the results are discussed, as are recommendations for future research.

Subject Area

Psychology|Individual & family studies

Recommended Citation

Luckert, Lauren Paige, "Family Functioning and Accommodation in Parents of Children with Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms" (2017). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI10603382.