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The contextual threat of life events: the concept and its reliability

  • Christopher Tennant (a1), Alan Smith (a1), Paul Bebbington (a1) and Jane Hurry (a1)


The reliability of Brown's contextual measure of threat is assessed and found to be highly satisfactory. Previously inexperienced raters achieve highly reliable ratings after only brief training. The implications for the concept of the threat of life events are discussed.


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1Address for correspondence: Dr Christopher Tennant, MRC Social Psychiatry Unit, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AF.


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