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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(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the NIMH Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (DISC) Version 2.3 and to provide data on its performance characteristics in the Methods for the Epidemiology of Child and Adolescent Mental Disorders (MECA) Study. METHOD Data were collected on the DISC-2.3 at four sites on 1,285 randomly selected children, aged 9 through 17 years,(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the criterion validity of the NIMH Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (DISC) Version 2.3 in the NIMH Methods for the Epidemiology of Child and Adolescent Mental Disorders (MECA) Study, using a design that permitted several comparisons of DISC-generated diagnoses with diagnoses based on clinician symptom ratings. METHOD Two(More)
BACKGROUND Given the growth of juvenile detainee populations, epidemiologic data on their psychiatric disorders are increasingly important. Yet, there are few empirical studies. Until we have better epidemiologic data, we cannot know how best to use the system's scarce mental health resources. METHODS Using the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the unique cases contributed by parent and child informants to diagnostic classification, with the goal of identifying those diagnoses for which either or both informants are needed. METHOD The authors examined survey data from the Methods for the Epidemiology of Child and Adolescent Mental Disorders (MECA) Study, a 4-community(More)
OBJECTIVE To estimate 6-month prevalence of comorbid psychiatric disorders among juvenile detainees by demographic subgroups (sex, race/ethnicity, and age). DESIGN Epidemiologic study of juvenile detainees. Master's level clinical research interviewers administered the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children Version 2.3 to randomly selected detainees.(More)
Correlations between scores derived from structured interviews with 299 disturbed children aged 6-18 and their parents indicated low-to-moderate levels of agreement regarding the presence and severity of child psychiatric symptoms. Agreement was higher on behavior and conduct problems than on anxiety, fears, obsessions-compulsions, psychotic symptoms and(More)
OBJECTIVE To derive and test a series of brief diagnosis-specific scales to identify subjects who are at high probability of meeting diagnostic criteria and those who may safely be spared more extensive diagnostic inquiry. METHOD Secondary data analysis of a large epidemiological data set (n = 1,286) produced a series of gate and contingent items for each(More)
OBJECTIVE To present data from the DSM-IV field trials that led to the distinction between subtypes of conduct disorder (CD) that emerge in childhood or adolescence. In addition, data from a household sample were used to attempt to cross-validate these findings. METHOD Differences between youths who met criteria for the two subtypes of CD were examined in(More)