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Devereux Scales of Mental Disorder (DSMD)

Jack A Naglieri, Paul A LeBuffe and Steven I Pfeiffer

Identify behavioural or emotional problems

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Age range: 5 to 18 years

Qualification level: C

Year: 1994

Administration time: 15 minutes

Administration type: Individual; Manual scoring

The DSMD are especially designed for treatment planning and outcome evaluation. The 111-item child form (5–12 years) and the 110-item adolescent form (13–18 years) cover a full range of psychopathology, and are based on DSM-IV categories.

Any adult who has known the child for at least 4 weeks may serve as a rater (e.g. parents, teachers). The same form is used for all raters, with separate norms provided for each. DSMD scales include Conduct, Attention/Delinquency, Anxiety, Depression, Autism and Acute Problems. In addition to scaled scores, Composite scores can also be derived for an Externalising, Internalising, and Critical Pathology Composite. Item-level analysis is also possible with the DSMD, allowing examiners to identify specific problem behaviours for treatment.