Journal article

Comparing Psychiatric Diagnoses Generated by the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire with Diagnoses Made by Clinicians

John Mathai, Peter Anderson, Angela Bourne

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | SAGE Publications | Published : 2004

Abstract

Objective: To examine the level of agreement between clinical diagnoses by a community child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) and diagnoses generated by the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ). Method: A computerized algorithm developed by Goodman et al. was used at a community CAMHS in Australia to predict child psychiatric diagnoses on the basis of the symptom and impact scores derived from the SDQ completed by parents (n = 130), teachers (n = 101) and young people (n = 38). These diagnoses were compared with the diagnoses made by clinicians in a multidisciplinary community outpatient team and an independent clinician that examined the case notes and was blind to th..

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