This study examined compulsive-like behaviors (CLBs) which are higher-order types of Repetitive Behaviors and Restricted Interests (RBRIs) in typically developing children in Turkey. Caregivers of 1,204 children between 8 and 72 months were interviewed with Childhood Routines Inventory (CRI) by trained interviewers in a cross-sectional survey. Factor analysis of the CRI revealed two factor structures comprising ‘‘just right behaviors’’ and ‘‘repetitive/sensory sensitivity behaviors’’. CLB frequency peaked at 2–4 years with declines after age four. In contrast to the previous CRI studies reporting no gender difference, CLBs were more common in males in 12–23 and 48–59 month age groups on both total CLB frequency and repetitive/sensory sensitivity behaviors. Also ages of onsets for CRI items were somewhat later than reported in other samples. Our findings supported the findings of the previous CRI studies while also revealing new perspectives in need of further investigation.

Keywords Compulsive-like behavior. Ritualistic behavior. Repetitive behavior. Restricted interest. Childhood Routines Inventory