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The reliability of the SADS-LA in a family study setting

  • Marion Leboyer
  • Wolfgang Maier
  • Mardjane Teherani
  • Dirk Lichtermann
  • Thierry D'Amato
  • Petra Franke
  • Jean-Pierre Lépine
  • Jürgen Minges
  • Peter McGuffin
Original Articles

Summary

The joint-rater and test-retest reliability study of two translated versions of the SADS-LA (Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia-Lifetime version — modified for the study of anxiety disorders), one in French and the other in German, have been tested in family study settings, in a sample of patients and firstdegree relatives. The test-retest reliability study demonstrated that identification of major affective disorders and schizophrenia was performed with sufficient reliability; however, diagnoses of subtypes of major disorders (e.g. bipolar II disorder) and identification of minor disorders was cless reliable. The implications of these findings in phenotype identification during family studies in psychiatry are discussed.

Key words

Reliability Diagnoses Structured interviews Family studies 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marion Leboyer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wolfgang Maier
    • 3
  • Mardjane Teherani
    • 2
  • Dirk Lichtermann
    • 3
  • Thierry D'Amato
    • 1
  • Petra Franke
    • 3
  • Jean-Pierre Lépine
    • 2
  • Jürgen Minges
    • 3
  • Peter McGuffin
    • 4
  1. 1.Unité 155, Château de LongchampINSERMParisFrance
  2. 2.Service de Psychiatrie, Pr. WidlöcherHôpital SalpetrièreParisFrance
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of MainzMainzFederal Republic of Germany
  4. 4.Department of Psychological MedicineUniversity of WalesCardiffEngland

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