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Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Pediatric Trichotillomania

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00043563
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 12, 2002
Last Update Posted : December 16, 2015
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Pennsylvania

Brief Summary:
This study will compare the effectiveness of cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) to a minimal attention control (AC) condition for treatment of pediatric trichotillomania (TTM).

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Trichotillomania Behavioral: Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

TTM is a persistent impulse control disorder in which the individual acts on urges to pull out his or her own hair. Onset typically occurs by adolescence, and TTM is often associated with significant functional impairment and distress. CBT is a type of psychotherapy designed to change problematic behaviors and thinking. It includes self-monitoring of hair-pulling urges and homework assignments to practice the use of cognitive and behavioral strategies.

Participants are assigned randomly to receive either CBT or AC for 8 weeks. Participants assigned to CBT receive weekly 1-hour sessions of CBT for 8 weeks; participants assigned to AC receive 6 telephone contacts and 2 in-person sessions for 8 weeks. After 8 weeks, CBT participants who respond to treatment enter Phase II, which lasts an additional 8 weeks and includes 4 in-person maintenance sessions. AC participants who are still symptomatic after 8 weeks are offered CBT.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 24 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Pediatric Trichotillomania
Study Start Date : January 2001
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 2004
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2004

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Trichotillomania Severity Scale [ Time Frame: 1 week ]
    Semi-structured interview about hair-pulling and related symptoms

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Ages Eligible for Study:   8 Years to 17 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Primary diagnosis of Trichotillomania
  • Minimum symptom duration of 6 months
  • Presence of a stable parent or guardian

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Other primary psychiatric diagnosis
  • Bipolar illness, pervasive developmental disorder, thought disorder, current major depression, ADD/ADHD
  • Concurrent psychotherapy
  • Currently receiving psychotropic medications

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00043563

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United States, Pennsylvania
Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pennsylvania
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: University of Pennsylvania Identifier: NCT00043563     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21MH061457 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
R21MH061457 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: August 12, 2002    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 16, 2015
Last Verified: December 2015

Keywords provided by University of Pennsylvania:
Cognitive-behavior Therapy
Minimal Attention Control

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders
Mental Disorders