The DAWBA interview for 11-17 year olds themselves

This page provides an overview of the DAWBA self-report interview for 11-17 year olds. 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 parent interview, the self-report DAWBA interview for 11-17 year olds is very similar. One major difference between the self-report and parent interviews is that young people are asked less about inattention, hyperactivity and oppositionality - these are areas where young people often lack perspective on their own difficulties. Another major difference is that young people are asked more about the subjective accompaniments of panic attacks or potentially psychotic experiences - they will clearly know much more than their parents 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, ICD-10 and DSM-IV diagnostic criteria stipulate that the symptoms need to have persisted for a specified number of months, e.g. a minimum of 6 months for hyperactivity, oppositional-defiant disorder and generalised anxiety disorders. In these instances, the relevant sections of the DAWBA interview focus on the 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 : 05/09/09