Symptom Scales of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule: Factor Results in Hispanic and Anglo Samples

Maritza Rubio-Stipec, Patrick Shrout, Hector Bird, Glorisa Canino, Milagros Bravo

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The Diagnostic Interview Schedule (DIS) was designed for use in large-sample surveys of mental health to produce categorical diagnoses according to criteria such as those found in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, based on structured information about lifetime symptoms provided to nonclinician interviewers. Using symptom data from a probability sample of community residents in Puerto Rico who ranged in age from 18 to 64 (N = 1,513), we examined five clusters of items (those associated with diagnoses of affective disorders, schizophrenia, phobic disorder, somatization disorder, and alcoholism) and formed quantitative measures of psychopathology from each. We checked the factor structure of these five scales in two probability samples obtained in Los Angeles, one composed of Mexican-Americans (N = 1,113) and one of Anglo-Americans (N = 975). Both Los Angeles samples were restricted to persons aged 18 to 64 for these analyses. Evidence of the cross-cultural stability of the DIS Affective Symptoms and Alcoholism scales was obtained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-34
Number of pages5
JournalPsychological Assessment
Volume1
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1989

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Hispanic Americans
Sampling Studies
Appointments and Schedules
Los Angeles
Interviews
Alcoholism
Puerto Rico
Somatoform Disorders
Affective Symptoms
Phobic Disorders
Psychopathology
Mood Disorders
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
Schizophrenia
Mental Health

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  • Clinical Psychology

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Symptom Scales of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule : Factor Results in Hispanic and Anglo Samples. / Rubio-Stipec, Maritza; Shrout, Patrick; Bird, Hector; Canino, Glorisa; Bravo, Milagros.

In: Psychological Assessment, Vol. 1, No. 1, 03.1989, p. 30-34.

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Rubio-Stipec, Maritza ; Shrout, Patrick ; Bird, Hector ; Canino, Glorisa ; Bravo, Milagros. / Symptom Scales of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule : Factor Results in Hispanic and Anglo Samples. In: Psychological Assessment. 1989 ; Vol. 1, No. 1. pp. 30-34.
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