Devereux Scales of Mental Disorders
Overview: Identify behavioral or emotional problems in children and adolescents
Age Range: 5:0 - 18:0
Administration: 15 minutes
Forms: Two: Child (5-12 years) and Adolescent (13-18 years)
Norms: More than 3,000 cases, separate by sex for both parent and teacher raters
Publication Date: 1994
Indicate whether a child or adolescent is experiencing, or is at risk, for an emotional or behavioral disorder. The Devereux Scales of Mental Disorders (DSMD™) are especially designed for treatment planning and outcome evaluation. The 111-item child form and the 110-item adolescent form cover a full range of psychopathology and are based on DSM-IV categories.
The DSMD helps professionals evaluate behavior in a variety of settings, compare results to a large national sample, and analyze information for treatment planning and evaluation of treatment effectiveness.
Any adult who has known the child for four weeks may serve as a rater. The same form is used for parent and teacher raters, with separate norms provided for each.
Special features of the DSMD include:
- Items reflecting the full range of psychopathology including Externalizing disorders (Conduct and Attention/Delinquency scales), Internalizing disorders (Anxiety and Depression scales), and Critical Pathology disorders (Autism and Acute Problems scales)
- Consistently excellent composite scale reliabilities
- Content validity based on DSM–IV and mapping of specific items to corresponding DSM–IV criteria
- Factorially and logically derived scales reflecting major dimensions of psychopathology
- Validity studies utilizing inpatient and outpatient clinical groups