Mar 12, 2020

The Diagnostic Infant Preschool Assessment-Likert Version: Preparation, Concurrent Construct Validation, and Test-Retest Reliability

Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
M S Scheeringa


Objective: The Diagnostic Infant and Preschool Assessment was revised to include Likert ratings (DIPA-L) to give a broader range of severity ratings that may have greater utility for clinical and research purposes. In addition, the instrument was updated for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th ed. (DSM-5), and two types of Likert ratings-frequency versus problem intensity-were explored for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. Concurrent construct validation and test-retest reliability were examined for the five most common disorders seen in very young children in outpatient clinics: PTSD, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, separation anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). A sixth disorder, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), which was created in DSM-5, was tested for the first time. Functional impairment was also examined. Methods: The caregivers of 58 two- through six-year-old children (57 mothers and 1 father) were recruited from an outpatient clinic. They were interviewed at Time 1, and 52 were reinterviewed at Time 2 by research assistants (children's age M 4.7 years, standard deviation 1.2). Results: Few differences we...Continue Reading

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