Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 467–483 | Cite as

Children’s Florida Obsessive Compulsive Inventory: Psychometric Properties and Feasibility of a Self-Report Measure of Obsessive–Compulsive Symptoms in Youth

  • Eric A. StorchEmail author
  • Muniya Khanna
  • Lisa J. Merlo
  • Benjamin A. Loew
  • Martin Franklin
  • Jeannette M. Reid
  • Wayne K. Goodman
  • Tanya K. Murphy
Original Article


This report describes the development and psychometric properties of the Children’s Florida Obsessive Compulsive Inventory (C-FOCI). Designed specifically as a brief measure for assessing obsessive–compulsive symptoms, the C-FOCI was created for use in both clinical and community settings. Study 1 included 82 children and adolescents diagnosed with primary Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder, and their parents. The Children’s Yale-Brown Obsessive–Compulsive Scale (CY-BOCS) was administered to assess symptom severity. Thereafter, parents completed the Child Obsessive–Compulsive Impact Scale—Parent Version and Child Behavior Checklist, and youth completed the C-FOCI, Child Obsessive–Compulsive Impact Scale—Child Version, Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children, and Children’s Depression Inventory—Short Form. A subgroup of 21 individuals was retested with the C-FOCI after completing 14 sessions of intensive cognitive-behavioral therapy. Construct validity of the C-FOCI was supported vis-à-vis evidence of treatment sensitivity, and moderate relations with clinician-rated symptom severity, the CY-BOCS Symptom Checklist, child- and parent-rated functional impairment, child-rated anxiety, and parent-rated internalizing symptoms. Discriminant validity was evidenced by weak relationships with parent-reports of externalizing symptoms. For Study 2, 191 non-clinical adolescents completed the C-FOCI to assess the feasibility of internet administration. Overall, internal consistency was acceptable for the C-FOCI Symptom Checklist and Severity Scale, and respondents were able to complete the measure with little difficulty. Taken together, the findings of Studies 1 and 2 provide initial support for the reliability and validity of the C-FOCI for the assessment of pediatric obsessive–compulsive symptoms.


Obsessive–Compulsive disorder Children Assessment Treatment Validity Reliability 



Portions of this paper were supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health to the second author (L40 MH081950-02).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric A. Storch
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Muniya Khanna
    • 3
  • Lisa J. Merlo
    • 4
  • Benjamin A. Loew
    • 3
  • Martin Franklin
    • 3
  • Jeannette M. Reid
    • 1
  • Wayne K. Goodman
    • 5
  • Tanya K. Murphy
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsUniversity of South FloridaSt. PetersburgUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of South FloridaSt. PetersburgUSA
  3. 3.Center for the Treatment and Study of AnxietyUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  5. 5.National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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