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Measurement of neurotic symptoms by self-report questionnaire: validity of the SCL-90R

  • Robert C. Peveler (a1) and Christopher G. Fairburn (a1)

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The Symptom Check List (SCL-90R) is a self-report questionnaire which is designed to be suitable for use as a psychiatric case-finding instrument, as a measure of symptom severity, and as a descriptive measure of psychopathology. Scores obtained using the instrument were compared with those obtained from the investigator-based interview, the Present State Examination, in two samples of patients: a sample of patients with chronic physical disease (diabetes mellitus) and a sample of patients with bulimia nervosa. There was good agreement between the two methods of measurement in both samples, suggesting that the SCL-90R performs well in the assessment of neurotic symptoms.

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1Address for correspondence: Dr Robert C. Peveler, Oxford University Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital, Oxford 0X3 7JX.

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