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December 1983

Test-Retest Reliability of the Diagnostic Interview for Borderlines

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Psychiatry (Drs Cornell, Silk, Ludolph, and Lohr) and Psychology (Drs Lohr and Ludolph) and the Counseling Center (Dr Ludolph), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the Ann Arbor (Mich) Veterans Administration Medical Center (Dr Silk). Dr Cornell is now with the Center for Forensic Psychiatry, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1983;40(12):1307-1310. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1983.01790110049009

• Gunderson's Diagnostic Interview for Borderlines (DIB) has gained increasing acceptance and use as a diagnostic research instrument. Although previous studies report interrater reliability for the DIB, no attention has been given to problems of test-retest reliability or variability among different clinicians conducting a semistructured clinical interview. This study demonstrated both interrater and test-retest reliability for the DIB when it is administered by trained clinicians. No effects of interviewer sex were found, but less experienced clinicians tended to give higher (more borderline) scores than more experienced clinicians.

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