How well can a few questionnaire items indicate anxiety and depression?
Article first published online: 23 AUG 2007
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 87, Issue 5, pages 364–367, May 1993
How to Cite
Tambs, K. and Moum, T. (1993), How well can a few questionnaire items indicate anxiety and depression?. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 87: 364–367. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1993.tb03388.x
- Issue published online: 23 AUG 2007
- Article first published online: 23 AUG 2007
- Accepted for publication January 30, 1993
- mental health;
There is a need for a short form questionnaire with known psychometric characteristics that may be used as an indicator of level of global mental distress. A weighted sum of 5 questions from the Symptom Check List (SCL) anxiety and depression subscales (SCL-25) correlates at r= 0.92 with the global SCL-25 score. The alpha reliability for the (5-item) short form questionnaire was 0.85. Age differences seemed to be trivial, and sex differences were moderate. Descriptive statistics for short form scores in a large, representative sample are given.