Psychometric Attributes of the DISC Predictive Scales

Esther Cubo 1, *, Sara Sáez Velasco 2, Vanesa Delgado Benito 1, Vanesa Ausín Villaverde 1, José María Trejo Gabriel Galín1, Asunción Martín Santidrián 1, Jesús Macarrón Vicente 1, José Cordero Guevara 3, Elan D Louis 4, 5, 6, 7, Julián Benito-León 8
1 Neurology Department, General Yagüe Hospital, Burgos, Spain
2 Fundación Burgos por la Investigación de la Salud, General Yagüe Hospital, Burgos, Spain
3 Primary Health Care Management, Burgos, Spain
4 GH Segievsky Center, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, USA
5 Department of Neurology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, USA
6 Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
7 Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
8 Department of Neurology, University Hospital 12 de Octubre, Madrid, Spain

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This study was designed to evaluate the psychometric attributes and screening efficiency of a Spanish version of the Children Predictive Scales (DPS) against the Spanish Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (DISC-IV).


This pilot cross-sectional study included 61 children aged 9 to 14 years in a mainstream school. The following psychometric attributes were analyzed: acceptability, scale assumptions, internal consistency, and precision, as well the predictive validity (AUC).


The scale did not show ceiling or floor effects (6.4%, 1.3%, respectively). The internal consistency was high (α=0.92), and the standard error of measurement was adequate (SEM=1.54). The overall DPS AUC was 0.72 against DISC IV corresponding diagnosis.


The Spanish version of the DPS-4.32 seems to be a reliable and precise tool for screening mental health disorders in a school-age population.

Keywords: Psychometric attributes, DPS, screening, validation.