Tools for Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Among Latinos

  • Monnica T. Williams
  • Judy Mier-Chairez
  • Adriana Peña


Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by the experience of intrusive thoughts, urges, and/or images and accompanying behaviors conducted in efforts to feel less anxiety. OCD affects people of many different backgrounds and can be debilitating. Lifetime prevalence rates of OCD are estimated to be around 2%; however, ethnic minorities are historically underrepresented in such studies. Less is known about OCD in specific ethnic groups, such as Latinos. Results from the few studies investigating OCD rates in the Latino population have divergent findings. This dearth of research has also limited our understanding of unique symptom presentation and best treatment approaches for Latinos presenting with OCD. This is important because patients without the most common symptom presentations (i.e., compulsive washing and overt repetitive checking) may not be quickly identified as suffering from OCD. Additionally, it is unclear if the established conceptualization models for obsessive-compulsive symptoms are appropriate for explaining the experience of OCD in Latino patients. Recognizing these limitations, this chapter uses the available information to provide tools for clinicians treating OCD in the Latino population. This includes an overview of OCD presentation and a recommended treatment plan. Worksheets, suggested measures, and informational handouts are also included.


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Psychology Tools work sheets are courtesy of Dr. Matthew Whalley.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Monnica T. Williams
    • 1
  • Judy Mier-Chairez
    • 2
  • Adriana Peña
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Psychological SciencesUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychological & Brain SciencesUniversity of Louisville, Center for Mental Health DisparitiesLouisvilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologySpalding UniversityLouisvilleUSA

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