The DAWBA interview for parents of 2-17 year olds

This page provides an overview of the DAWBA parent interview. If you want to see or download a PDF version of the interview in English or translation, click here. Note that these are suitable for e.g. showing to ethics committees, to provide an indicative sense of interview content. However it is not recommended that these are administered as they are often obsolete and cannot be scored using the validated DAWBA algorithm.

If you have already read about the self-report DAWBA interview for 11-17 year olds, the parent interview is very similar. One major difference between the parent and self-report interviews is that parents are asked more about inattention, hyperactivity and oppositionality - these are areas where young people often lack perspective on their own difficulties. Another major difference is that parents are asked less about the subjective accompaniments of panic attacks or potentially psychotic experiences - parents often know little about these.

Most of the DAWBA sections cover one type of mental health problem. These sections have a similar structure:

The time frame of the interview is the present and the recent past. For many disorders, the diagnostic criteria stipulate that the symptoms need to have persisted for a specified number of months. In these instances, the corresponding sections of the DAWBA interview focus on the child or young person's symptoms over this stipulated period. The longest time frame is for conduct disorder since DSM-IV criteria involve the number of relevant behaviours displayed over the previous 12 months. At the opposite extreme, the time frame is just the last month for most of the emotional disorders since respondents often find it hard to report emotional symptoms accurately for longer periods.

Last modified : 28/01/17