Agreement between telephone and in-person delivery of a structured interview for anxiety disorders in children

J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2005 Mar;44(3):274-82. doi: 10.1097/00004583-200503000-00012.


Objective: The current study determined the viability of using the telephone to facilitate assessment of children using the Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule for children for DSM-IV (ADIS-C-IV).

Method: Diagnoses established during telephone administration of the ADIS-C-IV-Parent version were compared with diagnoses obtained during standard administration of the ADIS-C-IV using both Child and Parent versions. Seventy-three children and their parents participated in counterbalanced, repeated assessments.

Results: The level of agreement between telephone and standard administration for principal diagnosis (kappa=0.86), individual anxiety disorders (kappa=0.63-0.86), and other disorders (kappa=0.79-0.91) were in the good to excellent range. Additionally, agreement on overall suitability for an anxiety treatment program was excellent (kappa=0.97).

Conclusions: The data indicate that telephone administration of the ADIS-C-IV is a valid way to differentiate children who have anxiety disorders from those who have no disorder or other disorders, providing a less resource-demanding alternative to face-to-face assessment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Child
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interview, Psychological*
  • Male
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Telephone*