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The Swedish version of the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (DISCO-10). Psychometric properties.

Journal article
Authors Gudrun Nygren
Bibbi Hagberg
Eva Billstedt
Åsa Skoglund
Christopher Gillberg
Maria E I Johansson
Published in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume 39
Issue 5
Pages 730-741
ISSN 0162-3257
Publication year 2009
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry
Pages 730-741
Language en
Keywords Adolescent, Adult, Child, Child, Preschool, Communication Disorders, Diagnosis, Psychology, Female, Humans, Interview, Psychological, Standards, Male, Personality Assessment, Standards, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Psychometrics, Reproducibility of Results, Social Behavior Disorders, Diagnosis, Psychology, Sweden, Young Adult
Subject categories Child and adolescent psychiatry


Psychometric properties of the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders schedule (DISCO) have only been studied in the UK. The authorised Swedish translation of the tenth version of the DISCO (DISCO-10) was used in interviews with close relatives of 91 Swedish patients referred for neuropsychiatrical assessment. Validity analysis compared DISCO-10-algorithm diagnoses with clinical diagnoses and with Autism Diagnostic Interview Revised (ADI-R) algorithm diagnoses in 57 cases. Good-excellent inter-rater reliability was demonstrated in 40 cases of children and adults. The criterion validity was excellent when compared with clinical diagnoses and an investigator-based diagnostic interview. The DISCO-10 has good psychometric properties. Advantages over the ADI-R include valuable information of the broader autism phenotype and co-existing problems for clinical practice and research.

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