Florida Obsessive–Compulsive Inventory: Development, reliability, and validity

Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA.
Journal of Clinical Psychology (Impact Factor: 2.12). 09/2007; 63(9):851-9. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.20382
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The Florida Obsessive-Compulsive Inventory (FOCI) is a new self-report questionnaire that has separate scales for symptom enumeration (The Checklist) and evaluation of symptom severity (Severity Scale). The present research investigated the FOCI in a sample of 113 patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The results indicated that the FOCI Severity Scale is internally consistent (alpha = .89) and highly correlated with the total score from the Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS; Goodman et al., 1989 a). The correlations of the FOCI Severity Scale with measures of depression and global severity of psychopathology were similar to those obtained with the Y-BOCS Total Severity Score. The FOCI Symptom Checklist had adequate reliability (K-R 20 = .83) and moderate correlations (rs < .45) with the FOCI Severity Scale, the Y-BOCS scales, and measures of depression and severity of psychopathology. These findings imply concurrent validity for the FOCI Severity Scale. A strength of the FOCI is that it offers a quick evaluation of both presence and severity of OCD symptoms. An important limitation is that the FOCI does not assess the severity of individual symptoms.

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    • "The original FOCI, from which our screen was derived, was designed as a self-report measure (Storch et al., 2007) and is available on many OCD related websites. The FOCI has moderate correlation with Yale Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (YBOCS) obsessive, compulsive, and total severity scores (correlations ¼0.71 to 0.87) (Storch et al., 2007). However, to our knowledge, the FOCI has not been validated against the current gold standard, an OCD diagnosis obtained by clinician-administered, structured interview . "
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