NIMH Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children Version IV (NIMH DISC- IV): Description, differences from previous versions, and reliability of some common diagnoses

David Shaffer*, Prudence Fisher, Christopher P. Lucas, Mina K. Dulcan, Mary E. Schwab-Stone

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Abstract

Objective: To describe the National Institute of Mental Health Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children Version IV (NIMH DISC-IV) and how it differs from earlier versions of the interview. The NIMH DISC-IV is a highly structured diagnostic interview, designed to assess more than 30 psychiatric disorders occurring in children and adolescents, and can be administered by 'lay' interviewers after a minimal training period. The interview is available in both English and Spanish versions. Method: An editorial board was established in 1992 to guide DISC development and ensure that a standard version of the instrument is maintained. Preliminary reliability and acceptability results of the NIMH DISC-IV in a clinical sample of 84 parents and 82 children (aged 9-17 years) drawn from outpatient child and adolescent psychiatric clinics at 3 sites are presented. Results of the previous version in a community sample are reviewed. Results: Despite its greater length and complexity, the NIMH DISC-IV compares favorably with earlier versions. Alternative versions of the interview are in development (the Present State DISC, the Teacher DISC, the Quick DISC, the Voice DISC). Conclusions: The NIMH DISC is an acceptable, inexpensive, and convenient instrument for ascertaining a comprehensive range of child and adolescent diagnoses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-38
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

Keywords

  • Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children
  • Diagnostic interview
  • Measurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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