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Ew gross! Recognition of Expressions of Disgust by Children With Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder

  • Jennifer L. Allen (a1), Maree J. Abbott (a2), Ronald M. Rapee (a3) and Max Coltheart (a4)

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There is evidence suggesting that obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) in adults may be associated with an impaired ability to recognise the facial expression of disgust (Sprengelmeyer et al., 1997a; Woody, Corcoran, & Tolin, in press). It has been suggested that this impairment begins in childhood when the recognition of emotional expressions is being learnt (see Spengelmeyer et al., 1997a). This study compared the recognition of facial affect in children aged around 11 years with a diagnosis of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD; n = 11), other anxiety disorders (n = 20), and nonclinical children (n = 19), adapting the methodology of Sprengelmeyer et al. Disgust was most commonly misclassified as anger by children in all three groups. However, children with OCD did not show any evidence of a recognition deficit for disgust in comparison to either control group. Unexpectedly, however, children with OCD recognised expressions of surprise more accurately than nonclinical children. Recognition of disgust or any other emotion was not related to child self-reported anxiety symptoms. Given the observed differences in some studies with adults, future research may benefit by examining older adolescents and young adults to determine when these effects may first be noticed.

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*Addresss for correspondence: Dr Jennifer Allen, Research Scientist, Klinische Kinder- und Jugendpsychologie, Universität Basel, Institut für Psychologie, Missionsstrasse 60/62, 4055 Basel.

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Ew gross! Recognition of Expressions of Disgust by Children With Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder

  • Jennifer L. Allen (a1), Maree J. Abbott (a2), Ronald M. Rapee (a3) and Max Coltheart (a4)

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