The Yale Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale Case Study

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Register to read the introduction… According to Goldman et al. (1989) the Y-BOCS has 10-items and a maximum score of 40, 20 for obsessions and 20 for compulsions. Torres et al. (2013) stated that when the Y-BOCS is used in combination with the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Disorders (SDID-I) clinical features of “pure obsessive-compulsive disorder” can be accurately assessed for severity and diagnosis. Strengths of the Y-BOCS include that its purpose is not only to quantify symptom severity but also to assess a patient’s response to treatment (Goldman et al., 1989). Other strengths of the Y-BOCS involve high internal consistency with the computations yielding “homogeneous results for all raters” (Goldman et al., 1989). The research provided by Goldman et al. (1989) shows that the 10-item Y-BOCS is reliable in determining the rate of severity in patients with OCD ranging in a wide array of symptom types with excellent inter-rater reliability. The most notable weakness found in the Y-BOCS is the inadequate reliability of two subscales, symmetry/ordering and sexual/religious, which requires additional training to clinicians administering the assessment (Sulkowski et al., …show more content…
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