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Vol. 13 - Num. 52

Special Articles

The psychiatric interview to children and adolescents

Paloma Ortiz Sotoa, Mar Duelo Marcosb, Eva Escribano Cerueloc

aPsiquiatra Infantil. Instituto ATTI. Madrid. España.
bPediatra. CS Las Calesas. Madrid. España.
cPediatra. Hospital Universitario Niño Jesús. Madrid. España.

Correspondence: P Ortiz. E-mail:

Reference of this article: Ortiz Soto P, Duelo Marcos M, Escribano Ceruelo E. The psychiatric interview to children and adolescents. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2011;13:645-60.

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The prevalence of mental disorders in children and adolescents range between 5% and 22%. The first contact is frecuently make with Paediatricians and General Practicioners. Therefore, primary care physicians are going to have the responsibility to early detect and prevent them. Althought a complete psychiatric evaluation is not a priority task for them, we consider that performance of it could be esential for a global understanding of this complex problems in childhood and teenager mental health. The aim of this article is introduce general considerations of psychiatric interview in childhood.


Adolescent Child Diagnosis Interview Mental disorders



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