The general health questionnaire: Reliability and validity for Australian youth

Helen R. Winefield, Robert D. Goldney, Anthony H. Winefield, Marika Tiggemann

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    Abstract

    General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) results are given for a large (N = 1013) sample of South Australian young people (average age 19.6 years), to compare the usefulness of the 12-, 28-, and 30-item forms of the GHQ. Internal reliabilities are generally adequate and the Likert scoring method produces significant correlations with psychological measures such as self-esteem. the case-prevalence rate using the binary scoring method was comparable with other studies, but misclassification rates were unacceptably high when DSM-Ill Axis I diagnosis was used as the criterion for the presence of any psychiatric disorder.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)53-58
    Number of pages6
    JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
    Volume23
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 1989

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