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Diagnostic interview for children and adolescents (DICA)

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Division of Child Psychiatry, Washington University, St. Louis, USA. wendyr@twins.wustl.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe the evolution of the Diagnostic Interview for Children and Adolescents (DICA) as well as the goals of the instrument and the issues surrounding its use.

METHOD:

Administration procedures, psychometric properties, and comparisons with other measures are reviewed.

RESULTS:

The DICA, once considered a structured interview, can now be used in a semistructured format. It displays good reliability and works well with younger children.

CONCLUSION:

The DICA is a useful measure for both research and clinical settings, and it provides a reliable tool for assessing psychiatric information in children and adolescents.

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