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What's New?

November 2011

Several revisions have been made to the SCID, Research Version (SCID-RV) due to identified risks of potential false negatives in the assessment of hypomania and social phobia. To obtain further details or to download the corresponding SCID-RV module, refer to the Revisions/Fixes tab.

January 2010

A significant number of predominantly minor changes have been made to the SCID, Research Version (SCID-RV). Refer to the Revisions/Fixes tab for a summary description of each revision or to download the corresponding SCID Module PDF.

Note the changes listed reflect a cumulative accounting of all revisions made in the SCID-RV since October 2008. Copies of the SCID-RV ordered from Biometrics Research over the past two years may already incorporate some of these revisions. This is because as a matter of practice, minor issues found are corrected and the updated SCID version is disseminated without a specific announcement that such changes have been made. If you wish to have the latest SCID-RV in its entirety, it is recommended that you replace all extant pages with those contained within the PDFs for each SCID Module.

October 2008

There have been a few minor updates to the SCID that are available for download. Please refer to the Revisions/Fixes tab for more information, as well as a description of the nature of changes for each revision.

July 2007

A module for the SCID has been developed for the Impulse Control Disorders (i.e., Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Pyromania, Kleptomania, Pathological Gambling, and Trichotillomania) in collaboration with a number of the leading researchers in Impulse Control Disorders.  It also includes sections for proposed disorders such as internet addiction, skin picking, pathological shopping, and compulsive sexual behavior.  Although the instrument has not been formally field tested, we are making it available to interested researchers at no cost.

May 2007

The SCID web site has been totally reconstructed from the ground up. Besides reorganizing the content and updating all of the information about the SCID, you can place your SCID order through an automated form that accepts credit cards. Please let us know if you find any problems with the new site (including typos, which we are sure are hidden within).

May 2007

Two new Recorded SCID Interviews are available on DVD for long-term rental. "Ain’t a Day When I’m Not Sad," covers Mood, Psychotic, and Substance use disorders, and "Outer Space," covers mood disorders. Please refer to the Training tab for pricing and additional information.

January 2007

This is now the latest edition of the SCID. There have been a number of minor updates to the SCID over the past several years. Specifically, changes were made in January 2007, October 2006, April 2005, and January 2004. We are making the "revised pages" from these four updates available for free for those who have purchased the paper version of the SCID through a PDF download. Please refer to the Revisions tab for more information, as well as a description of the nature of the changes for each revision.

January 2004

A new version of the F and J modules of the SCID that corrects a problem with the assessment of Acute Stress Disorder is now available. In the original F and J modules of the SCID, the assessment of Acute Stress Disorder was "triggered" only after the E criterion for PTSD (i.e., duration more than one month) was not met (page F.29). Once the SCID assessment resumed on page J. 1, only criteria B, F, G, and H of Acute Stress Disorder were considered, since it was assumed that the C, D, and E criteria for Acute Stress Disorder (i.e., persistently reexperiencing the trauma, avoidance of stimuli that arouse recollections of the trauma, and symptoms of anxiety or increased arousal) could be skipped since the same information was presumably already evaluated as PTSD criteria B, C, and D. The problem with structuring the SCID in this manner is that, in fact, the two criteria sets are not identical in terms of their assessment of these symptoms. The PTSD criteria set includes specific symptom thresholds (i.e., one out of five symptoms for persistently reexperiencing the trauma, three out of seven symptoms of avoidance, and two out of five symptoms of increased arousal) whereas criteria D and E for Acute Stress Disorder criteria do not specify any symptom threshold (e.g., criterion D of Acute Stress Disorder reads "D. Marked avoidance of stimuli that arouse recollections of the trauma [e.g., thoughts, feelings, conversations, activities, places, people]). Thus, it is possible for an individual to not have enough symptoms to meet the minimum symptom thresholds set by criterion C and/or D for PTSD (e.g., having only one C and one D symptom) but to meet the corresponding criteria for Acute Stress Disorder. However, as originally designed, the SCID would not even allow Acute Stress Disorder to be considered for assessment in such cases since the user would have skipped out of PTSD prior to arriving to the spot on page F.25 where the user is given the option of going to page J. 1 to evaluate Acute Stress Disorder.

The January 2004 version fixes this problem by 1) removing the skip instruction from page F.29 so that the assessment of Acute Stress Disorder is now independent of the assessment of PTSD; and 2) including the full criteria set for Acute Stress Disorder in module J. The addition of three additional criteria caused the page numbers in module J to be changed throughout, so that the entire J module has had to be updated. In module F, only page F.29 has been altered (i.e., the skip instruction to J.1 was removed).

In another smaller change, the pages references on the SCID Scoresheet were incorrect (in most cases reflecting the page layout of the SCID before implementation in MS-Word). This has been corrected.

June 2003

We’ve made several major changes to the SCID web site. 1) The order form is now "automated" (i.e., you can submit it via the internet); 2) in response to the many requests for information about SCID reliability and validity, we included four new sections of the web site which summarize the data on SCID-I and SCID-II reliability and validity, including summary tables. Click here for SCID-I reliability data; here for SCID-II reliability data; here for SCID-I validity data, and here for SCID-II validity data. 3) A separate page that includes studies reporting on administration and training issues is now included.

November 2002

A new version of the SCID is available! The SCID-I has now been implemented in MS-Word (replacing the Xywrite version that we have been using for the past 15 years). The November 2002 version reflects this update; we have changed the page layout in several modules so that the page number is now slightly different. As always, several minor changes have been implemented in response to errors spotted by eagle-eyed SCID user’s. Click here for more details about these changes.

November 6, 2001

We have made a relatively major revision of the SCID, dated February 2001, which is now available (See order form for information about ordering a copy). Although it may look like a major revision (with a new typeface and even a new name "SCID-I: Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV-TR Axis I Disorders") this revision is only slightly more extensive than previous SCID revisions. (See February 2001 revisions for more details. The web site has also been updated, with changes made to the revisions, order form, references, Kid SCID, and translations pages.

May 25, 1999

A new page describing the KID-SCID, a research version of the SCID that has been developed by Dr. Fred Matzner, for use in children and adolescents, has been added.

March 1, 1999

We've added two new pages to the web site: a page containing a list of articles about the SCID-I and a page containing articles about the SCID-II. Included are articles that explore the reliability of the instruments (both joint and test-retest, interview and videotape), validity (using other instruments, clinical diagnoses, other procedures as "gold standards"), training issues, and issues regarding administration (telephone, informants, etc). These pages are accessible through new links that are included in the lower left hand corner of the table of contents.

November 19, 1998

1) We (i.e., Biometrics Research) have a new mailing address, effective immediately.

SCID Central
1051 Riverside Drive Unit 60
New York, NY 10032

Telephone: 212-543-5524
FAX: 212-543-5525
e-mail: mbf2@columbia.edu

Michael B. First, MD (Editor, SCID Web page)
Miriam Gibbon, MSW (co-editor, SCID Web page)
Robert L. Spitzer, MD (Director, Biometrics Research)
Janet B.W. Williams, DSW (Deputy Director, Biometrics Research)

2) Corrections have been made to the ordering form, to both change the address and to clear up some confusion regarding whether the SCID Update pages are included in orders for the SCID-I Research Version. (Some people mistakenly thought that they needed to order both the SCID-I and the Update separately).

3) Corrections have been made to the "How Do I Reference the SCID?" page."

September 9, 1998

1) Biometrics Research has (again!) updated the Research Version of the SCID, as of August 1998. Details about these changes are available on the AUGUST 1998 REVISIONS page on this web site.

2) If you have ordered a copy of the Research Version of the SCID from us in the past, you can get a fresh copy that includes all of the up-to-date revisions for $15.00. Please look at the revised ORDER FORM for more information.

3) We are mailing out edition #4 of the SCID Newsletter. The content of the newsletter is contained on this Web site, so if you are not on our newsletter mailing list, you will not be missing anything. (Although if you are dying to get a copy of our newsletter, please contact us at 212-543-5524 and we will mail you a copy). The following pages on this web site have been updated:

• SCID Revisions Update: AUGUST 1998 changes added and ordered of pages changed so that most recent changes come first.

• SCID and Computers - page updated with most recent information as of September 1998.

• SCID Order Form - updated to include Revisions

• SCID Translation Web Page - new information regarding Danish, Dutch, Greek, Italian, Russian, and Turkish translations of the SCID.

• SCID-II Update has been revised.

• SCID Consultation Corner has been updated to include most recent entries from current newsletter.