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The Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children, Adolescents, and Parents: Initial Reliability and Validity Data

  • Sally Johnson (a1), Paula M. Barrett (a2), Mark R. Dadds (a3), Tara Fox (a4) and Alison Shortt (a5)...

Abstract

This study evaluated the psychometric properties of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children, Adolescents and Parents (DISCAP; Holland & Dadds, 1995), for DSM-IV anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. Two studies were conducted to examine the reliability and validity of the DISCAP. In the first study, the DISCAP and the Youth Self Report (YSR; Achenbach, 1991c) were administered to 120 nonclinical adolescents aged 12 through to 14 years. In the second study, the DISCAP and Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL; Achenbach, 1991b) were administered to parents of 57 clinical children and adolescents aged 6 through to 16 years. Inter-rater reliability data was collected, and both concurrent and discriminant validity of the DISCAP were assessed against the YSR and CBCL. Inter-rater agreements for primary diagnoses were high, and rating scale data supported the concurrent and discriminant validity of the DISCAP diagnoses. Results suggest that the DISCAP can be used to facilitate reliable and valid diagnoses of childhood anxiety disorders.

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*Address for correspondence: Dr Paula M. Barrett, School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University Gold Coast Campus, PMB 50 Gold Coast Mail Centre, QLD 9726, Australia. Email: P.Barrett@mailbox.gu.edu.au

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