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Validity of the mental health component scale of the 12-item Short-Form Health Survey (MCS-12) as measure of common mental disorders in the general population

Olesen, Sarah; Butterworth, Peter; Mackinnon, Andrew; Rodgers, Bryan


This study assessed the screening utility of the 12-item Short-Form Health Survey's (SF-12) mental health component scale (MCS-12) for diagnosable depression and anxiety disorders in a general population sample, and thus, the validity of this scale as a measure of mental health in epidemiological research. Data were from the Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (N = 10,504). Diagnoses were made using the Composite International Diagnostic Interview. The MCS-12 was compared...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Psychiatry Research
DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2006.11.005


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