What is it about?
Despite the widespread use of the term in a variety of clinical and research studies, as a concept, psychological distress is seldom defined and without any clear definitional boundaries. Based on a critical review of the existing literature, as well as on a clinimetric analysis of the revised version of the Hopkins Symptom Checklist, the SCL-90-R, a comprehensive definition of psychological distress was outlined and clinimetric indices for the evaluation of subjective experiences of psychological suffering were developed and validated.
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Why is it important?
The findings of the present study indicate that the SCL-90-R subscales were found to be highly valid clinimetric indices that can be used to improve the detection of clinically significant levels of subjective distress.
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This page is a summary of: The concept of psychological distress and its assessment: A clinimetric analysis of the SCL-90-R., International Journal of Stress Management, December 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/str0000280.
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