Discriminative Validity of a Parent Version of the Young Mania Rating Scale

Barbara L. Gracious, Eric A. Youngstrom, Robert L. Findling, Joseph R. Calabrese

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Objective: To examine the usefulness of a parent report version of the Young Mania Rating Scale (P-YMRS) in distinguishing bipolar disorder from other mental health conditions in children and adolescents. Method: Parents of 117 youths aged 5 to 17 years presenting to an outpatient research center completed an adapted Young Mania Rating Scale (P-YMRS). Eligible subjects underwent a diagnostic evaluation including a semistructured instrument (Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia for School-Age Children) and also a clinical evaluation by a child and adolescent psychiatrist in more than 75% of the subjects. Results: Factor analyses of the P-YMRS suggested one dimension, with a total score showing acceptable internal consistency (α = .75). Logistic regressions discriminated bipolar mood disorder versus unipolar disorder, versus disruptive behavior disorder, and versus any other diagnosis. Classification rates exceeded 78%, and receiver operating characteristics analyses showed good diagnostic efficiency, with areas under the curve greater than 0.82. Conclusions: The P-YMRS may be used to derive clinically meaningful information about mood disorders in youths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1350-1359
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Bipolar disorder
  • Young Mania Rating Scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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