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Diagnostic Infant and Preschool Assessment (DIPA)

Developed in 2004, the DIPA is a diagnostic tool for assessing psychopathology in preschool children. The manual is designed as a standardised, semi-structured interview, with questions directed to caregivers about their children aged one to six years. There is not yet enough data to indicate the exact lower age limit, but the DIPA can easily be extended to be used with both children under one year old and children over 6 years old.

The DIPA can be used by both clinicians and other interviewers. It is designed to localise 13 diagnoses described in DSM-IV and ICD-10. These include PTSD, depression, anxiety disorders and behavioural disorders.

Diagnostic Infant and preschool assessment


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Løkkegaard, S. S., Elmose, M. & Elklit, A. (2019). Validation of the Diagnostic Infant and Preschool Assessment in a Danish, trauma-exposed sample of young children. Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology, 7, 39-51. Doi: 10.21307/sjcapp-2019-007

Last Updated 05.07.2023