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Children's Interview for Psychiatric Syndromes (ChIPS).

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.



To describe the development and summarize the psychometric properties of the Children's Interview for Psychiatric Syndromes (ChIPS).


ChIPS is a highly structured interview designed for use by trained lay interviewers in children aged 6-18 years. It screens for 20 Axis I disorders as well as psychosocial stressors. Questions use simple language and short sentence structure to enhance subject comprehension and cooperation. The interview is based on DSM-IV and results are presented in a concise, easy-to-interpret manner. There are both child and parent versions. The psychometric properties of each version were studied.


A series of 5 studies has demonstrated the validity of the DSM-III, DSM-III-R, and DSM-IV versions of the ChIPS as well as the validity of the P-ChIPS (parent version). Administration time is relatively brief, averaging 49 minutes for inpatients, 30 minutes for outpatients, and 21 minutes for a community-based sample.


ChIPS can be used as a screening instrument to maximize a clinician's efficiency, as a diagnostic instrument in clinical research, and as a training instrument to help mental health professionals learn psychiatric diagnosis. It can also be used in epidemiological research.

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