Children’s Yale-Brown Obessive Compulsive Scale (CY-BOCS)


The Children’s Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Symptom Scale asks about symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder in young people (4 to 18). It can be used as a clinician rated checklist or completed by the child/adolescent themselves, or with the help of their parent(s).

The CY-BOCS has good convergent validity with a measure of global psychological impairment, and reasonable divergent validity with measures of anxiety and depression. The CY-BOCS is a clinically useful tool for assessment of the degree of impairment and stress in child and adolescent patients diagnosed as suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

A list of past and current symptoms are provided which are used to determine target obsessions and compulsions in treatment. A total score of between 0 and 118 is computed, however interpretation is best clinicans.

Goodman, W. K., Price, L. H., Rasmussen, S. A. et al. (1989). The Yale Brown Obsessive–Compulsive Scale. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 46, 1006-1011

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