Psychiatric Quarterly

, Volume 76, Issue 4, pp 327–339 | Cite as

A Rating Scale for Disruptive Behavior Disorders, Based on the DSM-IV Item Pool

  • Raul R. Silva
  • Murray Alpert
  • Enrique Pouget
  • Victoria Silva
  • Sarah Trosper
  • Kimberly Reyes
  • Steven Dummit

Abstract

DSM IV includes three clusters of items that are used to establish diagnoses for the Disruptive Behavior Disorders: Attention Deficit, Conduct, and Oppositional Defiant. In this report, we examine the feasibility of using the items in each cluster to form a rating scale. We studied eighty-four consecutive school-aged referrals to an inner-city child and adolescent Psychiatry clinic. Case diagnosis was established with a clinician's KID-SCID assessment. Parents and teachers rated the 41 DSM items on four-point scales, and completed the Conners' Rating Scales, in English or Spanish. In this paper we report psychometrics of the new scale, the Rating Scale for Disruptive Behavior Disorders (RS-DBD), along with the agreement among parents and teachers, and concurrence between the new scales and the relevant Conners' scales. While, the parent and teacher ratings may provide a useful index for severity of behavioral disturbance in the home and school environments, it will not establish a diagnosis. There was a great deal of comorbidity among diagnostic groups.

KEY WORDS

Disruptive behavior disorders rating scale behavioral assessment symptoms 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raul R. Silva
    • 1
  • Murray Alpert
    • 2
  • Enrique Pouget
    • 2
  • Victoria Silva
    • 3
  • Sarah Trosper
    • 2
  • Kimberly Reyes
    • 2
  • Steven Dummit
    • 4
  1. 1.Division of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryNYU School of MedicineNew York
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryNew York University School of MedicineUSA
  3. 3.College of Arts & SciencesNew York UniversityUSA
  4. 4.New York Medical CollegeUSA

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