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Psicothema, 2011. Vol. Vol. 23 (nº 4). 648-653

Diagnostic value of the Dominic Interactive Assessment with children exposed to intimate partner violence

Nuria de la Osa, Lourdes Ezpeleta, Roser Granero, Beatriz Olaya and Josep María Doménech

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

This article reports on the diagnostic validity of the Dominic Interactive Assessment (DIA) in a sample of Spanish children exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV). The study participants included 55 children aged between 6 and 11 years whose mothers visited an IPV counselling centre. Psychopathology and functional impairment were used as the main criteria for assessing predictive and discriminative accuracy, as well as incremental validity, of DIA. The results indicate that DIA permits obtaining useful information from children. This information improves the prediction and validity of the process of clinical assessment of children exposed to IPV. Children’s self-reports could prove effective in identifying cases in this high-risk population when developmentally adequate instruments and functional criteria are used.

Valor diagnóstico del Dominic Interactive Assessment con niños expuestos a violencia doméstica.Este trabajo informa sobre la validez diagnóstica del Dominic Interactive Assessment (DIA) en una muestra de niños españoles expuestos a violencia doméstica (VD). Los participantes en el estudio fueron 55 niños de entre 6 y 11 años cuyas madres acudían a un centro de asesoramiento para víctimas de VD. La psicopatología y el deterioro funcional se utilizaron como criterios principales para evaluar la validez predictiva y la precisión discriminativa del DIA, así como su validez incremental. Los resultados indican que el instrumento permite obtener de los niños información útil. Esta información mejora la predicción y la validez del proceso de evaluación clínica de niños expuestos a VD. Los autoinformes de niños pueden ser efectivos para identificar casos en esta población de alto riesgo si son evolutivamente adecuados y se usan criterios de funcionamiento.


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