This article will report the steps and procedures implemented in the development and testing of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for the Deaf-IV(DDIS-IV). The DDIS-IV is a standardized mental health assessment instrument developed for use with individuals who are deaf, it is self-administered in American Sign Language (ASL) on laptop computer. This research is supported by a Small Business Innovations Research Grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. The translation procedure consisted of two translation teams, advisors, and back translation. The technological procedure included the digital videotaping of assessment items in ASL, the use of interactive video software and the development of a data base and scoring program. During the testing phase, individuals who are deaf and receiving inpatient and outpatient mental health services will be tested two times, once using the self-administered version of the instrument and the second time receiving the same test in ASL by a mental health clinician.
Eckhardt, E., Steinberg, A., Lipton, D. S., Montoya, L., & Goldstein, M. F. (2019). Innovative Directions in Mental Health Assessment Part III: Use of Interactive Video Technology in Assessment: A Research Project. JADARA, 33(1). Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/jadara/vol33/iss1/6