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Volume :27 Issue : 2 1999      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

The General Health Questionnaire in Kuwait

Auther : Huda J. Hasan

This study aims to test the psychometric characteristics of the General Health Questionnaire in a normal sample (N=648) as well as a sample of psychiatric patients (N=188) from the psychiatric hospital in Kuwait. The results show that the questionnaire has high validity and reliability and it measures seven psychological dimensions: anxiety/insomnia, suicidal thought, general illness, sleep disturbance, social dysfunciton, low self confidence and depression. The anxiety/insomnia, sleep problem, social dysfunction, low self confidence, and depression factors appeared as independent dimensions in most studies and in the questionnaire manual, while the other dimensions were merged with other dimensions. The results show that the questionnaire can successfully discriminate between normal and abnormal cases. The questionnaire can has similar sensitivity and specificity on a threshold (7). The study suggests reduction in the questionnaire items when used in the future to detect psychiatric cases in Kuwaiti samples.

 

 

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