The children's services interview:validity and reliability

Ford, Tamsin, Hamilton, Helena, Dosani, Sabina, Burke, Lisa and Goodman, Robert (2007) The children's services interview:validity and reliability. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 42 (1). pp. 36-49. ISSN 0933-7954

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The Children Service Interview was designed as a brief measure of service use related to mental health problems in Great Britain. METHOD: We validated the Children's Services Interview against medical records from a sample of 87 children, and assessed test-retest reliability from 25 parents completing two interviews. We examined criterion validity by looking at the service use patterns of children attending clinics for different types of disorders. RESULTS: The Children's Services Interview showed high levels of face validity and moderate or better concordance with medical records as far as contacts were recorded in the case notes. Test-retest reliability was moderate or better apart from contacts with the voluntary sector, teachers, and the number and duration of appointments with some professionals. CONCLUSION: The study suggests the Children's Services Interview can extract moderately valid and reliable data on service use. DECLARATION OF INTEREST: Tamsin Ford was supported by a Wellcome Clinical Training Fellowship in Health Services Research while completing this work.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescent,child,child, preschool,female,humans,methods,male,standards,methods,methods,reproducibility of results,united kingdom
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Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2019 11:30
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 08:15
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/72492
DOI: 10.1007/s00127-006-0092-9

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