Children's Measure of Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms

Cecil R. Reynolds, Ph.D., ABPN
Ronald B. Livingston, Ph.D.


The CMOCS is a brief, self-report measure designed to assess and quantify obsessive and compulsive behaviors and their impact on youth 8 to 19 years. The CMOCS can be group or individually administered in 10 to 15 minutes. A self-report inventory, with a 4-point response scale ranging from “Never” to “Almost Always,” the measure generates six Problem Area Scores plus two Summary Scores.

Features and Benefits
  • Assists in diagnostic process
  • Items are anchored in DSM-IV criteria for OCD
  • Score profile guides intervention planning
  • Helps determine whether students meet IDEA criteria for Emotional Disturbance
  • Useful in creating IEPs
  • Validity scales detect inconsistent responding
  • Interpreted at summary and specific levels
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Scales & Forms

  • Fear of Contamination 
  • Rituals
  • Intrusive Thoughts
  • Checking
  • Fear of Mistakes and Harm
  • Picking/Slowing
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Cecil R. Reynolds, Ph.D., ABPN, &
Ronald B. Livingston, Ph.D.

Age Range 8 to 19 years

Administration Time 5 to 10 minutes

Administration Type Self-Report

Qualification Level B

Format Handscored