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Interpreting scores on the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10)

Authors

  • Gavin Andrews,

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    1. World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Evidence for Mental Health Policy and School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales at St Vincent's Hospital
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  • Tim Slade

    1. World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Evidence for Mental Health Policy and School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales at St Vincent's Hospital
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*UNSW at St Vincent's Hospital, 299 Forbes Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010. Fax: (02) 9332 4316; e-mail: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.

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