Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 42, Issue 9, pp 1949–1958

Reliability and Validity of the Children’s Interview for Psychiatric Syndromes-Parent Version in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Original paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-012-1442-y

Cite this article as:
Witwer, A.N., Lecavalier, L. & Norris, M. J Autism Dev Disord (2012) 42: 1949. doi:10.1007/s10803-012-1442-y


The Children’s Interview for Psychiatric Syndromes-Parent Version (P-ChIPS) is a structured psychiatric interview designed to assess the presence of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. This study examined the reliability and validity of the P-ChIPS in 61 youngsters (6- to 17-years-old) with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Reliability analyses were conducted according to level of functioning and language level. Results indicated that interrater reliability values were largely in the good to excellent range. Concordance between the P-ChIPS and the Child and Adolescent Symptoms Inventory was fair for the majority of disorders. Percent overall agreement for most disorders was good, lending support to the validity of the P-ChIPS. The results of this study suggest that the P-ChIPS is appropriate for this population.


Structured interview Autism spectrum disorder Psychiatric disorder Validity Reliability 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea N. Witwer
    • 1
  • Luc Lecavalier
    • 1
  • Megan Norris
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of Psychology and PsychiatryNisonger Center, The Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Nationwide Children’s HospitalColumbusUSA