Integrating behavioral theory with OCD assessment using the Y-BOCS/CY-BOCS symptom checklist

Christine A. Conelea, Jennifer B. Freeman, Abbe M. Garcia

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The symptom checklists of the adult and child versions of the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS/CY-BOCS) have been used in research to identify distinct obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) symptom dimensions or subtypes. However, at present, the symptom checklist does not clearly correspond to the cognitive-behavioral model of OCD, which places central importance on the functional relationship between obsessions and compulsions. In the current paper, we propose a theory-based symptom checklist administration procedure designed to integrate information about symptom topography and function. Implications of this procedure for research, pharmacological treatment, and cognitive-behavioral treatment are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-118
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2012


  • Assessment
  • Children's Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Symptom dimension
  • Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale


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