By Dr Rebecca Chilvers
The Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
What did we look at?
We were interested in finding out more about how OCD in fathers affects their perception of their parenting, whether having OCD actually changes the way fathers parent possibly in ways that might make it more likely their children will become more anxious or develop some OCD behaviours, and whether children of fathers with OCD show any more difficulties than children of fathers who do not have OCD, including looking specifically to see whether they show a greater number of OCD features.
We asked participants to fill in several questionnaires to help us look at these things as well as to complete a short task where you talked about the how you and your child got along, as well as what kind of person you felt they were.