Test-retest reliability of the Spanish version of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (DISC-IV)

Milagros Bravo, Julio Ribera, Maritza Rubio-Stipec, Glorisa Canino, Patrick Shrout, Rafael Ramírez, Lizbeth Fábregas, Ligia Chavez, Margarita Alegría, José J. Bauermeister, Alfonso Martínez Taboas

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Abstract

The test-retest reliability of the Spanish Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (DISC-IV) is presented. This version was developed in Puerto Rico in consultation with an international bilingual committee, sponsored by NIMH. The sample (N = 146) consisted of children recruited from outpatient mental health clinics and a drug residential treatment facility. Two different pairs of nonclinicians administered the DISC twice to the parent and child respondents. Results indicated fair to moderate agreement for parent reports on most diagnoses. Relatively similar agreement levels were observed for last month and last year time frames. Surprisingly, the inclusion of impairment as a criterion for diagnosis did not substantially change the pattern of results for specific disorders. Parents were more reliable when reporting on diagnoses of younger (4-10) than older children. Children 11-17 years old were reliable informants on disruptive and substance abuse/dependence disorders, but unreliable for anxiety and depressive disorders. Hence, parents were more reliable when reporting about anxiety and depressive disorders whereas children were more reliable than their parents when reporting about disruptive and substance disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)433-444
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Volume29
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (DISC)
  • Diagnostic instrument
  • Methodological study
  • Psychometrics
  • Reliability
  • Spanish language

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Bravo, M., Ribera, J., Rubio-Stipec, M., Canino, G., Shrout, P., Ramírez, R., Fábregas, L., Chavez, L., Alegría, M., Bauermeister, J. J., & Taboas, A. M. (2001). Test-retest reliability of the Spanish version of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (DISC-IV). Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 29(5), 433-444. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1010499520090