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Open Access Diagnostic Instruments

MINI-DIPS-OA  Short Interview for Mental Disorders –
Open Access





2. revised edition


Jürgen Margraf
Jan Christopher Cwik


Copyright © 2017 Margraf & Cwik 2017   

The Mini-DIPS-OA is a short structured clinical interview for diagnosing mental disorders and is based on the DIPS-OA. The Mini-DIPS-OA is an abridged and reformatted version of the DIPS-OA allowing a fast yet reliable diagnosis. It is applicable for adults and assesses lifetime diagnoses, current and past, according to DSM-5 and ICD-10. The Mini-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
• Screening for psychosis, sexual dysfunction, impulsivity, and suicidal behavior

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 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 Mini-DIPS OA

We kindly request that you cite the Mini-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.

• Download Publication: German original English translation

Margraf, J. & Cwik, J. C. (2017). Mini-DIPS Open Access: Diagnostic Short-Interview for Mental Disorders. [Mini-DIPS Open Access: Diagnostisches Kurzinterview bei psychischen Störungen]. Bochum: Forschungs- und Behandlungszentrum für psychische Gesundheit, Ruhr-Universität. doi:10.13154/rub.102.91

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

Margraf, J. (1994). Mini-DIPS. Diagnostisches Kurz-Interview bei psychischen Störungen. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.