- Self-report questionnaire
- Used for the detection of psychiatric distress related to general medical illness. Respondents indicate if their current “state” differs from his or her usual state – thereby assessing change in characteristics and not lifelong personality characteristics.
- Designed to assess 4 aspects of distress:
- Social impairment
- The GHQ-28’s subscales represent dimensions of symptomatology and not distinct diagnoses.
- As the scales are not independent of each other, the total score has better utility to indicate general psychological disorder than the individual scores do to screen for specific psychological disorders.
- Only one study has assessed the construct validity of the GHQ-28 among SCI populations.
- The GHQ-28 is appropriate for individuals who are at least 11 years of age.
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