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Parental report version of the Mood Disorder Questionnaire for adolescents has good sensitivity and specificity for diagnosing bipolar disorder in psychiatric outpatient clinics

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Q What is the sensitivity and specificity of the three different versions of the Mood Disorder Questionnaire-Adolescent version for the diagnosis of bipolar disorders?


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Diagnostic cohort study.

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Four outpatient psychiatric clinics, US; April 2002 to September 2003.

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104 adolescents (mean age 14.5 years; range 12–17 years; 54% female) attending outpatient psychiatric clinics.

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Mood Disorder Questionnaire-Adolescent version (MDQ-A), which consists of 13 yes/no items about the presence of manic symptoms for periods of a week or more. Positive answers are summed to give a maximum score of 13. Three …

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  • For correspondence: Karen Dineen Wagner, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77555-0188, USA; kwagner{at}

  • Source of funding: GlaxoSmithKline.