Test-retest reliability of the Spanish adaptation of the Diagnostic Interview of Children and Adolescents

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Abstract

The paper examines the test-retest reliability of the Diagnos-tic Interview for Children and Adolescents-Revised (DICA-R). 110 children and adolescent outpatients and their parents were interviewed using the DICA-R on two occasions, separated by a mean interval of 11 days. The results of our study indicate that there is stability in the assessment of the disorders with DICA-R, as shown by the absence of significant differences between test and retest and the majority of kappa values which ranged from good to excellent. The parents were the most stable in reporting disorders and adolescents were the least. Test-retest reliability of DICA-R in the sample was very good. The disorders appeared attenuated in the retest. The reliability of respondent assessment depended on the type of disorder and on age. The interview was more reliable in higher rank of major categories than in specific disorders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)529-539
JournalPsicothema
Volume9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1997

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