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The validation of the Sinhala version of the Kessler psychological distress scale (K10) to screen for psychiatric morbidity

Show simple item record Wijeratne, L.T. Williams, S.S. Peris, M.U.P.K. de Silva, N.R. Hapuarachchi, H.A.C. Perera, K.P.J. Kawamura, N. Wickremasinghe, A.R. 2015-10-14T05:39:52Z 2015-10-14T05:39:52Z 2008
dc.identifier.citation The Ceylon Medical Journal. 2008; 53(Supplement 1):55 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0009-0875 (Print)
dc.description Poster Presentation Abstract (PP18), 121st Annual Scientific Sessions, Sri Lanka Medical Association, 2008 Colombo, Sri Lanka en_US
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: The Kessler psychological distress scale (K10), used in epidemiological surveys, measures psychological distress. High scores in community surveys are associated with anxiety and affective disorders, and to a lesser extent, with other psychiatric disorders. OBJECTIVE: To validate the Sinhala translations of the long (K10) and short (K.6) versions of the Kessler psychological distress scale. DESIGN, SETTING AND METHODS: The English version of K10 was translated into Sinhala. Content and face validity was assessed by experts. The scales were pre-tested and modified accordingly. The Sinhala versions of K6 and K10, and the Structured Clinical Interview Schedule were administered to 20 adults with major psychiatric illnesses diagnosed by two clinicians independently, and to a random sample of 25 apparently normal people from the community. SPSS (Version 11) was used for the analysis. RESULTS: The ROC curve for the K10 contained 96.1% of the area under the curve of 0.961 (95% CI 90.4%-100%). A cut off score of 22 for the K10 yielded a sensitivity of 93.8% and a specificity of 82.6%. The ROC curve for the K6 contained 90.1% (95% CI 80.5% - 99.7%) of the area under the curve. For the K6, a cut off score of 13 gave a sensitivity of 88.2% and a specificity of 72%, The total number of days that the patient could not attend to regular work and responsibilities was significantly correlated with both the K10 (p=0.041) andK6 (p=0.023). CONCLUSION: The Sinhala version of the K10 and K6 questionnaires can be used to screen for psychological distress. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Sri Lanka Medical Association en_US
dc.subject Kessler psychological distress scale en_US
dc.title The validation of the Sinhala version of the Kessler psychological distress scale (K10) to screen for psychiatric morbidity en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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