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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
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Data type:Help on this termNumber
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ValueMeaning
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:

1

None of the time

2

A little of the time

3

Some of the time

4

Most of the time

5

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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