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Open Access Diagnostic Instruments

DIPS-OA Diagnostic Interview for Mental Disorders – Open Access


5. revised edition

Jürgen Margraf
Jan Christopher Cwik
Andrea Suppiger
Silvia Schneider


• for DSM-5
• Interview Guide
• Recording sheet


Copyright © 2017
Margraf, Cwik, Suppiger & Schneider   

The DIPS-OA is a structured clinical interview for diagnosing mental disorders. It is applicable for adults and assesses lifetime diagnoses, current and past, according to DSM-5 and ICD-10. The DIPS-OA covers the mental disorders most commonly seen in clinical settings:

• Anxiety Disorders
• Bipolar and Related Disorders
• Depressive Disorders
• Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
• Trauma and Stress Related Disorders
• Somatic Stress and Related Disorders
• Eating Disorders
• Sleep-Wake Disorders
• Disorders related to Psychotropic Substances and Dependent Behaviors
• Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder
• Borderline Personality Disorder
• Internet Gaming Disorder
• Suicidal Behavior Disorder
• Screening for psychosis, sexual dysfunction, and tobacco use

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


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


Administration of the DIPS requires a sufficient level of knowledge of DSM-5 and/or ICD-10 classification and diagnostic criteria, clinical experience, and systematic training in its implementation.

Citation of DIPS OA

We kindly request that you cite the 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. https://doi.org/10.1026/1616-3443/a000430.

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Margraf, J., Cwik, J. C., Suppiger, A. & Schneider, S. (2017). DIPS Open Access: Diagnostic Interview for Mental Disorders. [DIPS Open Access: Diagnostisches Interview bei psychischen Störungen.] Bochum: Mental Health Research and Treament Center, Ruhr-Universität Bochum. doi:10.13154/rub.100.89


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



Suppiger, A., In-Albon, T., Herren, C., Bader, K., Schneider, S. & Margraf, J. (2008). Reliabilität des Diagnostischen Interviews bei Psychischen Störungen (DIPS für DSM-IV-TR) unter klinischen Routinebedingungen. Verhaltenstherapie, 18 (4), 237–244. doi:10.1159/000169699

Schneider, S., Margraf, J., Spörkel, H., Franzen, U. (1992). Therapiebezogene Diagnostik: Reliabilität des Diagnostischen Interviews bei psychischen Störungen (DIPS). Diagnostica, 38, 209-227.


Margraf, J., Schneider, S., Spörkel, H. (1991). Therapiebezogene Diagnostik: Validität des Diagnostischen Interviews bei psychischen Störungen (DIPS). Verhaltenstherapie, 1, 110-119. doi:10.1159/000257947

In-Albon, T., Suppiger, A., Schlup, B., Wendler, S., Margraf, J. & Schneider, S. (2008). Validität des Diagnostischen Interviews bei psychischen Störungen (DIPS für DSM-IV-TR). Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, 37 (1), 33–42. doi:10.1026/1616-3443.37.1.33.

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

Bruchmüller, K., Margraf, J., Suppiger, A. & Schneider, S. (2011). Popular or unpopular? Therapists’ use of structured interviews and their estimation of patient acceptance. Behavior Therapy, 42 (4), 634–643. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2011.02.003.

Cwik, J. C. & Margraf, J. (2017). Information order in clinical psychological diagnoses. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 24 (5), 1142-1154. doi:10.1002/cpp.2080

Suppiger, A., In-Albon, T., Hendriksen, S., Hermann, E., Margraf, J. & Schneider, S. (2009). Acceptance of structured diagnostic interviews for mental disorders in clinical practice and research settings. Behavior Therapy, 40, 272–279.