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Reliability of DSM-III Diagnoses for Major Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder Using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-III

John H. Riskind, PhD; Aaron T. Beck, MD; Robert J. Berchick, PhD; Gary Brown, MS; Robert A. Steer, EdD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1987;44(9):817-820. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1987.01800210065010.
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• This study examined the interrater reliability of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) diagnoses derived from the Structured Clinical interview for DSM-III (SCID). Using videotaped interviews, paired raters made independent diagnoses of 75 psychiatric outpatients. The percent agreement of the raters was 82% for MDD and 86% for GAD; the respective k values were.72 and.79. The results indicated that the SCID can be employed reliably to differentiate MDD from GAD. The SCID is recommended for further research with these disorders.


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