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Person—distress related to current imprisonment indicator, K-10 score of psychological distress

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termLevel of distress (K-10 score)
METeOR identifier:Help on this term376093
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 19/11/2015
Definition:Help on this termThe level of distress experienced during the last 4 weeks by an imprisoned person, as represented by a code (score on the K-10 scale).
Data Element Concept:Person—distress related to current imprisonment indicator

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Classification scheme:K-10 score
Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Low (score of 10-19)
2Mild (score of 20-24)
3Moderate (score of 25-29)
4Severe (score of 30-50)
Supplementary values:Help on this term
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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Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Supersedes Prison entrant—distress related to current imprisonment indicator, yes/no/not applicable code N Health, Superseded 28/04/2016

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Prison dischargee DSS Health, Superseded 28/04/2016

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