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Article
July 1985

The Assessment of Affective Disorders in Children and Adolescents by Semistructured InterviewTest-Retest Reliability of the Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia for School-Age Children, Present Episode Version

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Child Psychiatry and the Child and Adolescent Depression Clinic, New York State Psychiatric Institute (Drs Chambers, Hirsch, Paez, and Ambrosini, and Ms Tabrizi and Mr Davies), the Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University (Drs Chambers, Hirsch, Paez, and Ambrosini, and Ms Tabrizi and Mr Davies), New York; the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (Dr Puig Antich), and the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh (Dr Puig-Antich), Pittsburgh.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1985;42(7):696-702. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1985.01790300064008
Abstract

• The reliability of assessment of Research Diagnostic Criteria and DSM-III axis I affective disorders in children and adolescents was studied using a semistructured diagnostic interview. The Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia (SADS) for School-Age Children (Kiddie SADS) Present Episode Version, an adaptation of the adult SADS for children was used. Fifty-two subjects, aged 6 through 17 years, were interviewed in a test-retest format by one of three pairs of interviewers. Assessment of symptoms and composite scales of the depressive syndrome were determined to have acceptable reliability, as were three depressive diagnoses. Conduct disorder was assessed with high reliability. Four anxiety disorders and their composite symptoms were assessed with unacceptable reliability; only separation anxiety was assessed with acceptable reliability. The results of this study showed generally lower reliability of symptoms, scales, and diagnoses than did two studies of adults using the SADS.

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