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Sammanfattning: The aim of this study was to examine mental health among teenagers and adolescents who have siblings with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The research question investigated if there was a difference in the self-assessed mental health between those who have a sibling with OCD and a control group. In addition to this the study examined if mental health is affected by knowledge about OCD, the quality of the sibling relationship, strain and adjustment in everyday life, parental care, acceptance of emotional expression and parents’ emotional availability, and the overall sibling experience. Two questionnaires were distributed, one for 29 individuals with siblings with OCD and one for the 73 individuals in the control group. The result showed no significant difference in mental health between those who have a sibling with OCD and the control group. Sibling experience, Parental care and Feelings correlated with Mental health. A high self-assessment score on overall Sibling experience implicate a higher Mental health compared to a lower self-assessment score. Low score on Parental care and low acceptance of feelings is a risk factor for lower mental health compared to high Parental care and acceptance of feelings. In the group of youth that had a sibling with OCD there was therefore a correlation between the self-assessed experience of having a sibling with OCD and their mental health.

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