Date of Thesis



OBJECTIVE: To investigate compulsive-like behaviors (CLB) of typical development: how they relate to the obsessions and compulsions of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); and the implication of their lingering past 6 years of age (i.e., past their normative, 2-to-5 year, drop). CONCLUSIONS: Findings suggest that normative CLB exist on a continuum (with regard to both symptomatology and functional difficulties) with clinical obsessions and compulsions. With normative repetitive behaviors predicting behavioral perseveration among typically developing individuals aged 6 to 17 years, the present study also suggests that, even in a non-clinical sample, some levels of CLB are maladaptive in middle childhood through adolescence. While studies to date have evaded investigation of high and low CLB in relation to OCD, this latter finding contributes to the growing emphasis upon continuity between typical and atypical development.


obsessive-compulsive disorder, compulsive-like behaviors, adaptive functioning, executive functioning, continuum

Access Type

Masters Thesis (Bucknell Access Only)

Degree Type

Master of Science



First Advisor

David Walter Evans