Distress reduction during the structured clinical interview for DSM-III-R

Polly A. Scarvalone, Marylene Cloitre, Lisa A. Spielman, Lawrence Jacobsberg, Baruch Fishman, Samuel W. Perry

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In an attempt to assess the influence of standardized diagnostic interviews on psychological distress in research volunteers, the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) was used to measure anxiety and depression during the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-III-R, Non-patient version (SCID). Subjects were 50 adults with concerns related to the human immunodeficiency virus who were seeking testing and treatment in research trials. Repeated measures analysis of variance showed significant decreases in distress by the end of the interview: 72% of subjects reported diminished anxiety, and 54% reported diminished depression. Thus, the SCID appeared to provide a positive interview experience, a finding that may serve to reassure subjects, their families, and review boards regarding participation in studies that employ structured interviews.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-249
Number of pages5
JournalPsychiatry Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 31 Jan 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Diagnosis
  • Human immunodeficiency virus
  • Intake interview
  • Visual analogue scale


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