The research was supported by NIMH grant R01 MH57370 and SAMHSA grant U79 SM54305 to Dr. Saxe. The authors would like to thank David Bartholomew, Meaghan Geary, and Katie Bedard for their assistance in the preparation of this manuscript. The authors would also like to thank the families whose generous donation of time made this project possible.
A diagnostic interview for acute stress disorder for children and adolescents†
Article first published online: 9 NOV 2009
Copyright © 2009 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Special Issue: Special Section: Innovations in Trauma Research Methods, 2008
Volume 22, Issue 6, pages 549–556, December 2009
How to Cite
Miller, A., Enlow, M. B., Reich, W. and Saxe, G. (2009), A diagnostic interview for acute stress disorder for children and adolescents. J. Traum. Stress, 22: 549–556. doi: 10.1002/jts.20471
- Issue published online: 21 DEC 2009
- Article first published online: 9 NOV 2009
The goal of this study was to develop a semistructured clinical interview for assessing acute stress disorder (ASD) in youth and test its psychometric properties. Youth (N = 168) with an acute burn or injury were administered the acute stress disorder module of the Diagnostic Interview for Children and Adolescents (DICA-ASD). The DICA-ASD demonstrated strong psychometric properties, including high internal consistency (α = .97) and perfect diagnostic interrater agreement (κ = 1.00). Participants diagnosed with ASD scored significantly higher than those not diagnosed on validated traumatic stress symptomatology measures but not on other symptomatology measures, providing evidence of convergent and discriminant validity. Preliminary evidence supports the reliability and validity of the first semistructured clinical interview for diagnosing ASD in youth.