Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

, Volume 33, Issue 11, pp 568–578

Test-retest reliability of the computerized DSM-IV version of the Munich-Composite International Diagnostic Interview (M-CIDI)

  • H.-U. Wittchen
  • G. Lachner
  • U. Wunderlich
  • H. Pfister
ORIGINAL PAPER

DOI: 10.1007/s001270050095

Cite this article as:
Wittchen, H., Lachner, G., Wunderlich, U. et al. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol (1998) 33: 568. doi:10.1007/s001270050095

Abstract

The structure and content of the Munich-Composite International Diagnostic Interview (M-CIDI) for the assessment of DSM-IV symptoms, syndromes, and diagnoses is described along with findings from a test-retest reliability study. A sample of 60 community respondents were interviewed twice independently by trained interviewers with an average time interval of 38 days between investigations. Test-retest reliability was good for almost all specific DSM-IV core symptom questions and disorders examined, with kappa values ranging from fair for two diagnoses – bulimia (kappa 0.55) and generalized anxiety disorder (kappa 0.45) – to excellent (kappa above 0.72) for all other anxiety disorders and alcohol use disorders. Test-retest reliability for age of onset and time-related questions was fairly consistently high (intra-class correlation values of 0.79 or above), with one notable exception: the assessment of disorders with onset before puberty. We concluded that the M-CIDI is acceptable for respondents, efficient in terms of time needed for and ease of administration, and reliable in terms of consistency of findings over time periods of at least 1 month.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • H.-U. Wittchen
    • 1
  • G. Lachner
    • 1
  • U. Wunderlich
    • 1
  • H. Pfister
    • 1
  1. 1.Clinical Psychology and Epidemiology Unit, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Kraepelinstrasse 10, D-80804 Munich, GermanyDE