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J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2006 May;45(5):538-549. doi: 10.1097/01.chi.0000205705.71194.b8.

Test-Retest Reliability of the Preschool Age Psychiatric Assessment (PAPA).

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Drs. Egger, Erkanli, Potts, and Angold and Mr. Keeler are with the Center for Developmental Epidemiology, and Dr. Walter is with the Department of Medical Psychology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC. Electronic address: hegger@psych.mc.duke.edu.
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Drs. Egger, Erkanli, Potts, and Angold and Mr. Keeler are with the Center for Developmental Epidemiology, and Dr. Walter is with the Department of Medical Psychology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the test-retest reliability of a new interviewer-based psychiatric diagnostic measure (the Preschool Age Psychiatric Assessment) for use with parents of preschoolers aged 2 to 5 years.

METHOD:

A total of 1,073 parents of children attending a large pediatric clinic completed the Child Behavior Checklist 1 1/2-5. For 18 months, 193 parents of high scorers and 114 parents of low scorers were interviewed on two occasions an average of 11 days apart.

RESULTS:

Estimates of diagnostic reliability were very similar to those obtained from interviews with parents of older children and adults, with kappas ranging from 0.36 to 0.79. Test-retest intraclass correlations for DSM-IV syndrome scale scores ranged from 0.56 to 0.89. There were no significant differences in reliability by age, sex, or race (African American versus non-African American).

CONCLUSIONS:

The Preschool Age Psychiatric Assessment provides a reasonably reliable standardized measure of DSM-IV psychiatric symptoms and disorders in preschoolers for use in both research and clinical service evaluations of preschoolers as young as 2 years old.

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