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Ethical advantages

Dominic does not ask direct questions or make judgments. Positive situations are mixed in with symptoms, avoiding bombarding children and adolescents with negative pictures.

Dominic respects the cognitive limitations of children and adolescents.  Because they cannot evaluate the frequency or duration of their symptoms, nor the distress or disruption they create, Dominic does not assess these DSM-CIM criteria components.  It also respects how long children and adolescents can concentrate.

Scientific advantages

Validation studies show that, using Dominic, standardized information can be gathered from children as young as age 6.

Most mental health studies of elementary school children rely on information from parents and teachers. Such data minimizes depression and anxiety issues and are biased by the lack of adult objectivity. Dominic removes adult interpretation.

Information is not influenced by the child’s relationship with the interviewer. As a result, any interference between the child’s reaction and the final result is eliminated.

Social desirability bias is diminished.  Child- and adult-computer interaction induces more spontaneous, less socially desirable responses than child- or adult-interviewer interaction.

No question can be skipped and the information collected is automatically saved, eliminating errors.

Financial advantages

Dominic is so easy, fast and simple that interviewers need little training.  Group administration in computer labs further reduces costs.

Data are exported in CSV format facilitating import within statistical packages.