Original Paper

Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 23, Issue 8, pp 1455-1470

Evidence-Based Assessment in Children and Adolescents with Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder

  • Marina Iniesta-SepúlvedaAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Catholic University of San Antonio Email author 
  • , Ana I. Rosa-AlcázarAffiliated withUniversity of Murcia
  • , Ángel Rosa-AlcázarAffiliated withUniversity of Murcia
  • , Eric A. StorchAffiliated withUniversity of South Florida

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Abstract

The assessment of varied psychiatric disorders, including obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), is shifting towards the use of evidence-based assessments (EBAs). This shift has fostered the development, validation and adaptation of several measures to rate obsessive–compulsive symptoms and other related problematic areas such as functional impairment or family attitudes among others. The aim of this paper is to present a systematic review of psychometric studies on pediatric OCD-specific measures to classify these according to assessment evidence-based criteria. Selection criteria that determined which studies were included in the review were: (1) analyzing an OCD measure and (2) including participants’ age being 18 years or younger. The literature search procedure was conducted in Medline, PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, ERIC, Cochrane Library, and Scholar Google databases and enabled us to locate 42 studies which analyzed psychometric properties of 14 OCD measures studied in children and adolescents. Instruments were grouped into the following assessment areas: symptom presence and severity, functional impairment, family functioning and cognitive dimensions of OCD. Psychometric data regarding internal structure, internal consistency, reliability, validity and diagnostic precision were also reported. Further, measures were classified as well-established, approaching well-established and promising assessments in terms of reliability and validity. We concluded that the assessment of OCD in pediatric populations is a growing field that in a short-medium term could provide a wide variety of EBAs for the evaluation obsessive–compulsive symptoms and other OCD-related dimensions. The paper concludes by highlighting directions for future research.

Keywords

Obsessive–compulsive disorder Evidence-based assessment Children Adolescents