ChIPS Better Than K-SADS in Detecting Psychopathology

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SAN DIEGO -- Agreement between the Children's Interview for Psychiatric Syndromes and the Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia for School-Age Children ranges from 66% to 90%. But the ChIPS instrument is more sensitive than the K-SADS in detecting psychopathology, results of a comparative study show.

The finding marks the first independent evaluation of the DSM-IV version of the ChIPS, Dr. Jeffrey I. Hunt said in an interview during a poster session at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

"We've been using the ChIPS for the last 4 years, but we thought we needed to make sure that it was valid compared to what we think the gold standard is: the K-SADS," said Dr. Hunt, of the department of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, Providence, R.I. "We had hoped that the ChIPS was as valid as the K-SADS. We found that the ChIPS is a bit more sensitive. It picks up more diagnoses than the K-SADS, and it may be overdiagnosing somewhat."

He and his associates administered the ChIPS and the K-SADS to 100 psychiatric inpatients aged 12-18 years who were enrolled in a study exploring the cognitive risk factors for suicidality. The mean age of the patients was 15 years, and 73% were female. …