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Screening young people for obsessive-compulsive disorder

  • Rudolf Uher (a1), Isobel Heyman (a2), Catherine Mortimore (a3), Ian Frampton (a4) and Robert Goodman (a4)...

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in young people is underrecognised and undertreated. Simple screening tools suitable for general practice and community services are needed. We created a seven-item self-report Short OCD Screener (SOCS) and administered it to young people aged 11–15 years, including 116 patients with OCD, 181 healthy community controls and 33 young people with other psychiatric diagnoses. The SOCS has excellent sensitivity of 0.97 (95% CI 0.91–0.98) to detect OCD cases. Its specificity is good in children without psychiatric diagnoses, but low in a psychiatric sample. The SOCS is a screening tool suitable for community but not specialist settings.

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Dr Isobel Heyman, Department of Child Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7740 5222; fax: +44 (0)20 7740 5011; email: i.heyman@iop.kcl.ac.uk

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