A Discriminant Rule for Screening Cases of Diverse Diagnostic Types. Preliminary Results

Patrick E. Shrout, Bruce P. Dohrenwend, Itzhak Levav

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Abstract

To assess the prevalence of specific types of mental disorders in the general community it is desirable on grounds of both economy and validity of classification to employ a two-stage strategy. The first stage would be a screening questionnaire administered by nonclinicians, and the second stage would be a detailed diagnostic assessment by a clinician. In this report, a first-stage screening rule is developed to identify persons with one of four diverse disorders in Israel: schizophrenia, affective disorders, nonaffective neurotic disorders, and antisocial personality. The screen employs the Psychiatric Epidemiology Research Interview (Dohrenwend, Shrout, Egri, & Mendelsohn, 1980). Logistic regression is used as the discriminant function model. The sample used to develop the discriminant rule consisted of four groups of patients from institutions and a selected group of Jerusalem residents judged to be well by mental health professionals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)314-319
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Volume54
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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