Development and Validation of a Child Version of the Obsessive Compulsive Inventory

Edna B. Foa*, Meredith Coles, Jonathan D. Huppert, Radhika V. Pasupuleti, Martin E. Franklin, John March

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Abstract

Surprisingly, only 3 self-report measures that directly assess pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have been developed. In addition, these scales have typically been developed in small samples and fail to provide a quick assessment of symptoms across multiple domains. Therefore, the current paper presents initial psychometric data for a quick assessment of pediatric OCD across multiple symptom domains, a child version of the Obsessive Compulsive Inventory (the OCI-CV). Data from a sample of over 100 youth ages 7 to 17 with a primary DSM-IV diagnosis of OCD support the use of the 21-item OCI-CV. Results support the use of the OCI-CV as a general index of OCD symptom severity and in 6 symptom domains parallel to those assessed by the revised adult version of the scale (OCI-R). The OCI-CV showed strong retest reliability after approximately 1.5 weeks in a subsample of 64 participants and was significantly correlated with clinician-rated OCD symptom severity and parent and child reports of dysfunction related to OCD. Significantly stronger correlations with self-reported anxiety than with depressive symptoms provide initial support for the divergent validity of the measure. Finally, preliminary data with 88 treatment completers suggest that the OCI-CV is sensitive to change.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)121-132
Number of pages12
JournalBehavior Therapy
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
This study was funded in part by NIMH grant # R01 55126 .

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