A new diagnostic approach for Turkish speaking populations DAWBA Turkish Version

O. B. Dursun*, T. Guvenir, S. Aras, C. Ergin, C. Mutlu, H. Baydur, A. Ozbek, H. Ozek, S. Alsen, L. Iscanli, B. I. Karaman, R. Goodman

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Aims. Turkey has the youngest population in Europe with about 25 million people aged below 19 years and Turkish-speaking people comprise the biggest migrant group in Europe with 2.5 million people dispersed in different countries, but conducting epidemiologic surveys on Turkish people is challenging due to the lack of a suitable diagnostic tool. The Development and Well-Being Assessment (DAWBA) is one of the most widely used diagnostic interviews in child and adolescent psychiatry. In this study, we aimed at translating the DAWBA into Turkish and then examined its validity and reliability.
Methods. The validity of the Turkish version was examined in clinical (n = 50) and community (n = 104) samples. The interrater reliability was also evaluated on 20 cases.
Results. The translation method used in the study achieved semantic, conceptual, content, technical, item and criterion equivalence between the Turkish and original forms. The validity of the Turkish DAWBA was good or excellent for different diagnostic categories (κ: 0.43–0.84); the interrater reliability was also excellent (κ: 0.85–1).
Conclusions. The Turkish DAWBA may be useful for future prevalence studies in Turkey. European clinicians and researchers who work with Turkish-speaking families can use the online Turkish DAWBA to gather structured information from Turkish-speaking informants and review the answers in their own language.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-282
Number of pages8
JournalEpidemiology And Psychiatric Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013


  • child
  • Epidemiology
  • Interview
  • Turkish


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