Screening for affective dysregulation in school-aged children: relationship with comprehensive measures of affective dysregulation and related mental disorders

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  • for the ADOPT Consortium - (Autor:in)
  • Anne Katrin Treier - , Universität zu Köln (Autor:in)
  • M. Döpfner - , Universität zu Köln (Autor:in)
  • U. Ravens-Sieberer - , Universität Hamburg (Autor:in)
  • Anja Görtz-Dorten - , Universität zu Köln (Autor:in)
  • M. Boecker - , Universität Hamburg (Autor:in)
  • Carolina Goldbeck - , Universität zu Köln (Autor:in)
  • T. Banaschewski - , Universität Heidelberg (Autor:in)
  • Pascal Maurice Aggensteiner - , Universität Heidelberg (Autor:in)
  • C. Hanisch - , Universität zu Köln (Autor:in)
  • A. Ritschel - , Universität zu Köln (Autor:in)
  • Michael Kölch - , Universität Rostock, Universität Ulm (Autor:in)
  • Andrea Daunke - , Universität Rostock (Autor:in)
  • Veit Roessner - , Klinik und Poliklinik für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie (Autor:in)
  • G. Kohls - , Klinik und Poliklinik für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie (Autor:in)
  • Anne Kaman - , Universität Hamburg (Autor:in)
  • Universitätsklinikum Ruppin-Brandenburg


Affective dysregulation (AD) is characterized by irritability, severe temper outbursts, anger, and unpredictable mood swings, and is typically classified as a transdiagnostic entity. A reliable and valid measure is needed to adequately identify children at risk of AD. This study sought to validate a parent-rated screening questionnaire, which is part of the comprehensive Diagnostic Tool for Affective Dysregulation in Children (DADYS-Screen), by analyzing relationships with comprehensive measures of AD and related mental disorders in a community sample of children with and without AD. The sample comprised 1114 children aged 8–12 years and their parents. We used clinical, parent, and child ratings for our analyses. Across all raters, the DADYS-Screen showed large correlations with comprehensive measures of AD. As expected, correlations were stronger for measures of externalizing symptoms than for measures of internalizing symptoms. Moreover, we found negative associations with emotion regulation strategies and health-related quality of life. In receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analyses, the DADYS-Screen adequately identified children with AD and provided an optimal cut-off. We conclude that the DADYS-Screen appears to be a reliable and valid measure to identify school-aged children at risk of AD.


FachzeitschriftEuropean Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 17 Feb. 2023

Externe IDs

PubMed 36800039
WOS 000934750700001
ORCID /0000-0002-1753-7811/work/142248185


Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung


  • Affective dysregulation, Children and adolescents, Parent report, Screening, Validation