Paper and voice MAYSI-2: format comparability and concordance with the voice DISC-IV

Assessment. 2005 Dec;12(4):395-403. doi: 10.1177/1073191105280359.


The authors examine the comparability of paper and voice formats of the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument-Second Version (MAYSI-2) as well as each format's concordance with the Voice Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (DISC) among adjudicated youth. Comparability is assessed among 248 youths admitted to a South Carolina Assessment Center. Mean scores and alpha coefficients are calculated, and area under the curve and positive and negative predictive values are used to compare concordance to the DISC. Paper and voice formats are significantly correlated, have similar alpha coefficients, and have comparable concordance with the DISC, suggesting that the MAYSI-2 paper and voice formats are comparable instruments. The voice format may be preferable to the paper format for screening justice youth for mental health problems because it may reduce incomplete data and increase reporting of stigmatized behaviors and because of its ability to automatically generate scored reports and aggregate data.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Juvenile Delinquency / psychology*
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Prisoners / psychology*
  • ROC Curve
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Sex Factors
  • South Carolina
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*