Rules for making psychiatric diagnoses in children on the basis of multiple sources of information: preliminary strategies

J Abnorm Child Psychol. 1987 Dec;15(4):601-16. doi: 10.1007/BF00917244.


Inherent in the structured diagnostic interviewing of children is the problem of how to resolve differences between the child's own report and that of the parent about the child. A related problem concerns the use of outside source of information about the child, such as information from the teacher. In this study, the authors review the decision-making process used in the assignment of summary psychiatric diagnoses based on the child and parent reports, as well as a number of other sources of information about the child. Provisional rules for making summary diagnoses of children are presented.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Aggression / psychology
  • Anxiety, Separation / diagnosis
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / diagnosis
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Psychological Tests
  • Substance-Related Disorders / diagnosis