2006 issue 4


Volume 15, issue 4

Original article

A preliminary evaluation of reliability of the Mini International Neuropsychiatrie Interview for Children and Adolescents (MINI-Kid) in Polish adaptation

JOANNA MAZUREK1, Krzysztof Małyszczak1
1. Katedra i Klinika Psychiatrii Akademii Medycznej we Wrocławiu
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii 2006; 15 (4): 223-233
Keywords: diagnostic questionnaires for children and adolescents, MINI-Kid, reliability


Background. The aim of the study was to evaluate reliability of the Polish adaptation of the MINI-Kid (Mini-International Neuropsychia-tric Interview for Kids) for psychiatric assessment of children and adolescents.

Methods. 34 adolescents (12 boys and 22 girls aged 11-17 years), patients of the Day Psychiatric Centre for Children and Adolescents and of the Mental Health Outpatient Clinic for Children and Adolescents in Wrocław, were examined using the MINI-Kid questionnaire twice, at the interval of30-33 days. They all were examined by the same specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry, who was not their doctor in charge. The test-retest reliability was assessed using the kappa concordance coefficient.

Results. The kappa coefficient of concordance for all anxiety disorders jointly was 0.72, for the oppositional defiant disorder 0.68, adaptation disorders 1.0, ADHD 0.71, and for conduct disorder 0.80.

Conclusions. The concordance coefficients obtained for the MINI-Kid questionnaire are in the range of these reported for similar diagnostic instruments, including the questionnaire MINI for adults.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Joanna Mazurek, Katedra i Klinika Psychiatrii Akademii Medycznej, ul. Pasteura 10, 50-367 Wrocław, e-mail: joanna_mazurek@poczta.fm