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October 1973

A Computer Assisted Derivation of a Screening Interview for Hysteria

Author Affiliations

St. Louis
From the Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, and the Department of Mathematics, Washington University, St. Louis.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1973;29(4):450-454. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1973.04200040010002

A screening interview which can be used to determine eligibility for the research diagnosis of Briquet syndrome (hysteria) has been developed with the assistance of the AID program (Automatic Interaction Detection, a multivariate, sequential analysis strategy) which is part of the OSIRIS statistical package of programs.

The screening interview seems able to discriminate women for whom the probability of Briquet syndrome is very high from those for whom it is very low. This interview can be used clinically as well as for research purposes, if interviewers do not mistakenly believe that the screening interview itself establishes a diagnosis of Briquet syndrome.

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