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Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (DISC)

The Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (DISC) is a structured psychiatric diagnostic interview for children and adolescents aged 6 to 18, or their parents (Shaffer et al., 2000). It was developed primarily for epidemiological research but is also useful in clinical settings. The most recent version of the DISC (DISC-IV) is able to address more than 30 psychiatric diagnoses that occur in children and adolescents based on DSM-IV criteria. The DISC can be administered by trained lay interviewers. Most questions are worded so that they can be answered "yes", "no", and "somewhat" or "sometimes”. Questions reference the 2 weeks, 4 weeks, and year prior to the interview.

screening, adolescent, children, psychiatric diagnostic interview, DSM
John Seeley


Prudence Fisher, M.S.
NIMH-DISC Training Center at
Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute
Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
722 West 168th Street, Unit 78
New York, New York 10032

Telephone: (212) 543-5357 or (212) 543-5424
Fax: (212) 543-5966

E-mail: or

Citation and Copyright

Shaffer D., Fisher P., Lucas C., Dulcan M., & Schwab-Stone M. (2000). NIMH Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children, Version IV (NIMH DISC-IV): description, differences from previous versions, and reliability of some common diagnoses. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 39, 28-38.


Where to obtain:

For information about ordering a copy of the NIMH-DISC-IV, please contact:

Lynn Lucas
Columbia DISC Group
3 Wood Street
Katonah, New York 10536
Toll-free Telephone: (888) 814-DISC or (888) 814-3472
Telephone/Fax: (914) 243-0492
Note: There is a charge for the paper version of the NIMH-DISC-IV that covers copying and mailing expenses.


English language version: Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Columbia University - New York State Psychiatric Institute, 1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032


Spanish language version: Glorisa Canino, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Behavioral Science Research Institute, Medical Sciences Campus, University of Puerto Rico, PO Box 365067, San Juan, PR 00936-5067

Assessment Modality

The interview is given to either directly to the child or a parent by a trained interviewer.


Instrument Details

Children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 18.
English, Spanish
Depends on symptoms. Average times are 70 minutes for parents and 90 to 120 minutes for children.
2,930 total items. Since it is an adaptive form, only relevent questions will be asked.

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Psychometric Properties

Psychometrics for Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (DISC) - John Seeley
Psychometrics for Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (DISC) - John Seeley