Summary
Dominic Interactive / Adolescent

Author(s)
Digital Interactive Multimedia Assessment Tools (D.I.M.A.T.) Inc. (1999). Dominic Interactive ages 6 to 11. Digital Interactive Multimedia Assessment (D.I.M.A.T.) Inc. (2002). Dominic Interactive Adolescent.

Type of instrument
Screener for most frequent mental health problems (both internalizing and externalizing) in children and adolescents.

Target clientele
Primary school children (ages 6 to 11), adolescents (ages 12 to 16) from general population and outpatient clinics. Limitations apply for children with mental retardation.

Respondent(s)
Same as target clientele.

Disorders being screened
The ages 6 to 11 version screens tendencies towards Separation Anxiety Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorders, Specific Phobias, Depression/Dysthymia, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder.

The adolescent version screens the same tendencies with the exception of Separation Anxiety Disorders; it also screens tendencies towards Substance Use.

Description of the instrument
The Dominic Interactive allows direct evaluation of psychopathology in children ages 6 to 11.

  • 91 items provide a DSM-IV-TR-based assessment.
  • Introduced as a computer game including colour pictures and a voiceover.
  • Presents Dominic, a child placed in various daily life situations alone, with peers or with adults, at home or at school.
  • The 85 items of the adolescent version is similar.

Administration and duration
The voiceover asks the child whether s/he reacts like Dominic, a non-judgmental approach. Children respond by using the mouse to click YES or NO boxes. Most children complete the test within 10 to 15 minutes.

Scoring
Printable results are instantly computed and recorded on the computer’s hard drive.

Validation

  • A report by Bergeron et al.: “Reliability and criterion validity of the Dominic Interactive in children ages 6 to 11” (2002), presents intraclass correlation coefficients in general population children (n=449) ranging from 0.70 to 0.83. The article has been submitted.
  • Similar results are found in Quebec, US and French samples.
  • The article reporting on reliability and validity of the adolescent version is in press (see Publications).

Requirements for using the instrument
To be an accredited mental health professional trained to use psychometric instruments (e.g., psychologist, counsellor, etc.).

Comments
Dominic takes on various ethnic/cultural characteristics: Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic or Asian, girl or boy. Both the Dominic Interactive and the Dominic Adolescent can be administered in English, Spanish, and French.

The Dominic Interactive and the Dominic Adolescent packages (PC only) include a CD-ROM ($50) containing the program. It works together with administration licenses ($6 each) that can be downloaded from a USB key holding the purchased number of applications, or from the Internet (see To order).



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