May 4, 2020

Accuracy of the Diagnostic Infant and Preschool Assessment (DIPA) in a Dutch sample

Comprehensive Psychiatry
Maj R GigengackRamón J L Lindauer


To prevent negative effects of early-onset psychiatric disorders on children's development, structured diagnostics are needed. However, validated diagnostic instruments (based on DSM-5) for children aged 7 years and younger are scarce. The Diagnostic Infant and Preschool Assessment (DIPA) is a diagnostic interview developed in the USA for measuring 16 psychiatric disorders in young children. The psychometric properties of the American version of the DIPA have been validated. Here we determined the accuracy of the psychometric properties of the Dutch DSM-5 based version of the DIPA for the corresponding population. Psychometric properties of the DSM-5 based version of the DIPA were determined based on a sample of 136 biological, foster, therapeutic foster and adoptive parents of clinically referred children and children involved in a serious accident (aged 1-7 years). In line with the American validation study, we included the following seven DIPA modules: posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depressive disorder (MDD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), separation anxiety disorder (SAD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). We admin...Continue Reading

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Separation Anxiety Disorder
Mental Disorders
Instrument - Device
Dutch Population
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Validation Studies
Depressive Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Juvenile Cataract

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