The detection of mental disorders in the community using a 20‐item interview version of the General Health Questionnaire

J. F. Samuels, G. Nestadt, J. C. Anthony, A. J. Romanoski

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Abstract

A 20‐item interview version of the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) was used to presumptively identify cases with mental disorders in a sample of 810 community residents. Subjects also were examined by psychiatrists using the Present State Examination (PSE). The screening instrument performed well in detecting PSE‐CATEGO syndromes related to anxiety and depression, but less well in detecting psychotic syndromes and cognitive impairment. The overall sensitivity of the instrument for any PSE‐CATEGO syndrome was 48%. The study elucidates the specific nature of the psychopathology that this version of the GHQ is likely to detect in the community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-20
Number of pages7
JournalActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume89
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1994

Keywords

  • epidemiology
  • mental health survey
  • screening instrument

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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