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Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 48, Issue 3, pp 385–392

First Online: 30 June 2016DOI: 10.1007-s10578-016-0665-0

Cite this article as: Kuhn, C., Aebi, M., Jakobsen, H. et al. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev 2017 48: 385. doi:10.1007-s10578-016-0665-0


Youth- and parent-rated screening measures derived from the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire SDQ and Development and Well-Being Assessment DAWBA were compared on their psychometric properties as predictors of caseness in adolescence mean age 14. Successful screening was judged firstly against the likelihood of having an ICD-10 psychiatric diagnosis and secondly by the ability to discriminate between community N = 252 and clinical N = 86 samples sample status. Both, SDQ and DAWBA measures adequately predicted the presence of an ICD-10 disorder as well as sample status. The hypothesis that there was an informant gradient was confirmed: youth self-reports were less discriminating than parent reports, whereas combined parent and youth reports were more discriminating—a finding replicated across a diversity of measures. When practical constraints only permit screening for caseness using either a parent or an adolescent informant, parents are the better source of information.

KeywordsAdolescent psychopathology Screening Multi-informants SDQ DAWBA Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1007-s10578-016-0665-0 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Author: Christine Kuhn - Marcel Aebi - Helle Jakobsen - Tobias Banaschewski - Luise Poustka - Yvonne Grimmer - Robert Goodman - Han

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