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Aust N Z J Public Health. 2001 Dec;25(6):494-7.

Interpreting scores on the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10).

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  • 1World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Evidence for Mental Health Policy and School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales at St Vincent's Hospital, Darlinghurst. gavina@crufad.unsw.edu.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To provide normative data on the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10), a scale that is being increasingly used for clinical and epidemiological purposes.

METHOD:

The National Survey of Mental Health And Well-Being was used to provide normative comparative data on symptoms, disability, service utilisation and diagnosis for the range of possible K10 scores.

RESULTS:

The K10 is related in predictable ways to these other measures.

IMPLICATIONS:

The K10 is suitable to assess morbidity in the population, and may be appropriate for use in clinical practice.

PMID:
11824981
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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