Is it trichotillomania? Hair pulling in childhood: A developmental perspective

Santhanam, Radhika, Fairley, Michael and Rogers, Maureen (2008) Is it trichotillomania? Hair pulling in childhood: A developmental perspective. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 13 3: 409-418. doi:10.1177/1359104508090604

Author Santhanam, Radhika
Fairley, Michael
Rogers, Maureen
Title Is it trichotillomania? Hair pulling in childhood: A developmental perspective
Journal name Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1359-1045
Publication date 2008-07-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1359104508090604
Open Access Status
Volume 13
Issue 3
Start page 409
End page 418
Total pages 10
Editor Bernadette Wren
Place of publication The United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd
Language eng
Subject C1
920501 Child Health
119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Abstract A cohort of children with hair pulling as the presenting symptom was followed up to enhance clinical understanding of the nature of hair-pulling behaviour in childhood. Thirty-eight children were clinically assessed for a diagnosis of trichotillomania, co-morbidity, co-existing habits and other relevant factors. Intervention consisted of a combination of behavioural strategies, self-esteem work, supportive family approaches, attachment-focused parenting models and medication. In this group of children it was difficult to define their symptoms as a clinical diagnosis of trichotillomania, using ICD-10/DSM-IV. This article concludes that hair pulling, as a symptom in children, is a heterogeneous condition. It is useful to approach this issue from a developmental perspective. Our data warrant reappraisal of the diagnosis of trichotillomania in childhood. We explore the framework of a developmental continuum to understand and manage the problem of hair pulling in childhood.
Keyword childhood trichotillomania
hair-pulling behaviour
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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