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Schizophr Res. 2005 Nov 1;79(1):117-25.

The prodromal questionnaire (PQ): preliminary validation of a self-report screening measure for prodromal and psychotic syndromes.

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Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1285 Franz Hall. Box 951563, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563, USA.


This study aims to establish preliminary validity of the Prodromal Questionnaire (PQ), a 92-item self-report screening measure for prodromal and psychotic symptoms. Adolescents and young adults (N = 113) referred to a prodromal psychosis research clinic completed the PQ and the Structured Interview for Prodromal Syndromes (SIPS [Miller, T.J., McGlashan, T.H., Woods, S.W., Stein, K., Driesen, N., Corcoran, C.M., Hoffman, R., Davidson, L., 1999. Symptom assessment in schizophrenic prodromal states. Psychiatric Quarterly 70(4), 273-287]), an interview with established validity for predicting future psychosis. When maximizing selection of true positive cases, scores on a subset of PQ items that assess positive symptoms predicted a concurrent prodromal or psychotic SIPS diagnosis with 90% sensitivity and 49% specificity. The PQ shows good preliminary validity in detecting individuals with an interview-diagnosed prodromal or psychotic syndrome, but it is less sensitive to the threshold between prodromal and full-blown psychosis.

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