Psychological Medicine

Research Article

Validity of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule, Version II: DSM-III diagnoses

Lee N. Robinsa1 c1, John E. Helzera1, Kathryn S. Ratcliffa1 and Warren Seyfrieda1

a1 Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri, USA


A new diagnostic instrument, The Diagnostic Interview Schedule, was evaluated for use by lay interviewers by comparing its DSM-III diagnoses when given by lay interviewers with results obtained through an independent interview by a psychiatrist using the same schedule, his clinical judgement after the interview, his clinical judgement after both the interview and a free question period, and with diagnoses on the medical chart.


c1 Address for correspondence: Dr L. N. Robins, Department Psychiatry. Barnes and Renard Hospitals, 4940 Audubon Avenue, St Louis, MO 63110, USA.