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Schizophr Res. 1996 May;19(2-3):213-9.

Validity of self-administered symptom scales in clients with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders.

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School of Nursing, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, USA.

Abstract

Few studies have used self-administered symptom scales as outcome measures with individuals who have schizophrenia. However, with the increase in community-based treatment for the serious and persistently mentally ill and the emphasis on client empowerment, their ability to monitor and report symptoms needs to be assessed. Two forms of self-administered items, symptom distress statements and symptom intensity statements, were formed from 10 BPRS symptoms and administered to 29 individuals with schizophrenia. Both forms of self-administered items were highly correlated with BPRS items, supporting concurrent validity. Self-administered responses for positive symptoms of schizophrenia and nonpsychotic symptoms may be more valid than self-administered responses for negative or deficit symptoms.

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