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K-10 score of psychological distress

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METeOR identifier:Help on this term376091
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 19/11/2015
Definition:Help on this termScore on the K-10 scale measuring levels of psychological distress

Representational attributes

Classification scheme:K-10 score
Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
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Permissible values:Help on this term
1Low (score of 10-19)
2Mild (score of 20-24)
3Moderate (score of 25-29)
4Severe (score of 30-50)
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9Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

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This item records the score on the Kessler -10 (K-10), which is a standardised measure of non-specific psychological distress. The K-10 is based on questions about the level of nervousness, agitation, psychological fatigue and depression during the last 4 weeks. It is designed to discriminate between those people who have a serious mental illness and those who do not. The responses for each question 1-10 are recorded:


None of the time


A little of the time


Some of the time


Most of the time


All of the time

Add the combined codes to create an overall numeric value of the level of psychological distress:

-Low: as indicated by a score of 10-19

-Mild: as indicated by a score of 20-24

-Moderate: as indicated by a score of 25-29

-Severe: as indicated by a score of 30-50

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Person—distress related to current imprisonment indicator, K-10 score of psychological distress Health, Standard 19/11/2015

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