the purpose of this study was to assess the test-retest reliability of newly introduced
or revised modules of the Alcohol Use Disorder and Associated Disabilities Interview
Schedule-IV (AUDADIS-IV), including alcohol consumption, tobacco use, family history
of depression, and selected DSM-IV axis I and II psychiatric disorders.
kappa and intraclass correlation coefficients were calculated for the AUDADIS-IV modules
using a test-retest design among a total of 2657 respondents, in subsets of approximately
400, randomly drawn from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related
reliabilities for alcohol consumption, tobacco use and family history of major depression
measures were good to excellent, while reliabilities for selected DSM-IV axis I and
II disorders were fair to good. The reliabilities of dimensional symptom scales of
DSM-IV axis I and axis II disorders exceeded those of their dichotomous diagnostic
counterparts and were generally in the good to excellent range.
the high reliability of alcohol consumption, tobacco use, family history of depression
and psychiatric disorder modules found in this study suggests that the AUDADIS-IV
can be a useful tool in various research settings, particularly in studies of the
general population, the target population for which it was designed.