Open Access Diagnostic Instruments

Kinder-DIPS-OA Diagnostic Interview for Mental Disorders in Children and Adolescents – Open Access

Interview Guide
Parent version

3. Updated and
expanded edition

Silvia Schneider
Verena Pflug
Tina In-Albon
Jürgen Margraf



Copyright © 2017
Schneider, Pflug, In-Albon & Margraf


The Kinder-DIPS-OA is a structured clinical interview for diagnosing mental disorders. It has alternate forms for the child and parent, and is applicable for parents of youths aged 6 to 18 years, and for youth aged 8 to 18 years. Using the Kinder-DIPS-OA it is possible to assess the children’s lifetime diagnoses, current and past, according to DSM-5 and ICD-10. The Kinder-DIPS-OA covers the mental disorders most commonly seen amongst children and adolescents in clinical settings:

• Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder
• Disruptive, Impulse-Control and Conduct Disorder
• Tic Disorders
• Anxiety Disorders
• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
• Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorder
• Elimination Disorders
• Depressive Disorders
• Sleep-Wake Disorders
• Eating Disorders
• Communication Disorders
• Screenings for specific learning disorders, physical illness, substance abuse, suicidality and psychosis.

In addition, general demographic information and additional clinically relevant information are collected.

For the complete listing of disorders covered in the Kinder-DIPS-OA please see >>List<<


Administration of the Mini-DIPS-OA requires a sufficient level of knowledge of DSM-5 and/or ICD-10 classification and diagnostic criteria, and and its application needs clinical experience and systematic training in its implementation. Training in the implementation of the DIPS-OA is also desirable.

Citation of Kinder-DIPS OA

We kindly request that you cite the Kinder-DIPS as follows:

Margraf, J., Cwik, J. C., Pflug, V., & Schneider, S. (2017). Structured clinical interviews for mental disorders across the lifespan: Psychometric quality and further developments of the DIPS Open Access interviews.[ Strukturierte klinische Interviews zur Erfassung psychischer Störungen über die Lebensspanne: Gütekriterien und Weiterentwicklungen der DIPS-Verfahren.] Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, 46, 176-186.

• Download Publication: German original English translation

Schneider, S., Pflug, V., In-Albon, T., & Margraf, J. (2017). Kinder-DIPS Open Access: Diagnostisches Interview bei psychischen Störungen im Kindes- und Jugendalter. Bochum: Forschungs- und Behandlungszentrum für psychische Gesundheit, Ruhr-Universität Bochum. doi:10.1314/rub.101.90

For additional information on the psychometric quality of the Kinder-DIPS see:


Neuschwander, M., In-Albon, T., Adornetto, C., Roth, B. & Schneider, S. (2013). Interrater-Reliabilität des Diagnostischen Interviews bei psychischen Störungen im Kindes- und Jugendalter (Kinder-DIPS). Zeitschrift für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie und Psychotherapie, 41 (5), 319–334. doi:10.1024/1422-4917/a000247


Schneider, S., Suppiger, A., Adornetto, C., & Unnewehr, S. (2009). Handbuch zum Kinder-DIPS. In S. Schneider, S. Unnewehr, & J. Margraf (Hrsg.), Diagnostisches Interview bei psychischen Störungen im Kindes- und Jugendalter. Berlin: Springer.

For additional information on the acceptability and utility of the Kinder-DIPS see:

Bruchmüller, K. & Schneider, S. (2012). Fehldiagnose Aufmerksamkeitsdefizit- und Hyperaktivitätssyndrom? Empirische Befunde zur Frage der Überdiagnostizierung. Psychotherapeut, 57, 77-89.

Merten, E., Cwik, J.C., Margraf, J., & Schneider, S. (2017). Overdiagnosis of mental disorders in children and adolescents (in developed countries). Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 11(5).

Neuschwander, M., In-Albon, T., Meyer, A. H., & Schneider, S. (2017). Acceptance of a structured diagnostic interview in children, parents, and interviewers. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, e1573. doi:10.1002/mpr.1573

Popp, L., Neuschwander, M., Mannstadt, S., In-Albon, T., & Schneider, S. (2017). Parent-child diagnostic agreement on anxiety symptoms with a structured diagnostic interview for mental disorders in children. Frontiers in Psychology, 8: 404. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00404





Tina In-Albon and Laura Kraus developed an additional section to the Kinder-DIPS at the university of Koblenz-Landau. These questions capture non-suicidal self-injury in children and adolescents (DSM 5, section 3: conditions for further study). These questions are only available in the youths' version.


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