Diagnostic Interview for Children and Adolescents-IV

Wendy Reich, Ph.D.
Zila Welner, M.D.
Barbara Herjanic, M.D.


The DICA-IV is a complete structured interview based on the DSM-IV™. It is a valuable assessment tool to supplement a clinical examination by efficiently screening for a broad range of behavioral problems so that you can quickly determine which areas need your attention.

A vital feature of the DICA-IV program is the Stein-Reich Critical Items listing. These items identify high-risk features by highlighting responses that reflect a potential for dangerous behavior (e.g., suicidal ideation, violent tendencies, drug abuse). These items are divided into six categories:

  1. Conduct Disorder
  2. Street Drugs
  3. Marijuana
  4. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  5. Alcohol
  6. Major Depressive Disorder
How to Use the Assessment
You can use the DICA-IV as an interview driver, or the respondent can respond to the items directly on the computer. There is also a parent version that contains the same categories as the child/adolescent version, with the addition of two categories to solicit information about the prenatal health and early development of the child or adolescent being examined. Both versions are based on the DSM-IV™ and provide results that correspond directly with DSM-IV™ criteria
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Scales & Forms

  • ADHD
  • Alcohol
  • Inhalant Use
  • Street Drugs
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Dysthymic Disorder
  • Gender Identity
  • Early Development
  • Observation
  • Compulsion
  • Pregnancy/Birth
  • Obsessions
  • Marijuana
  • Elimination Disorders
  • Somatization
  • Mania or Hypomania
  • Psychotic Symptoms
  • Panic Disorder
  • Psychological Stressors
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Phobias (Social and Specific)
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Tobacco
  • Eating Disorders
  • Menstruation
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Wendy Reich, Ph.D.,
Zila Welner, M.D., &
Barbara Herjanic, M.D.

Age Range 6 to 17 years

Administration Time 5–20 minutes per category

Administration Type Self-report

Qualification Level B

  • Software 
    (Floppy disk
    drive required)