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The Symptom Check List (SCL-90R) is a self-report questionnaire which is designed to be suitable for use as a psychiatric case-finding instrument, as a measure of symptom severity, and as a descriptive measure of psychopathology. Scores obtained using the instrument were compared with those obtained from the investigator-based interview, the Present State Examination, in two samples of patients: a sample of patients with chronic physical disease (diabetes mellitus) and a sample of patients with bulimia nervosa. There was good agreement between the two methods of measurement in both samples, suggesting that the SCL-90R performs well in the assessment of neurotic symptoms.


Journal article


Psychol Med

Publication Date





873 - 879


Adolescent, Adult, Bulimia, Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Neurotic Disorders, Personality Tests, Psychometrics, Reproducibility of Results, Sick Role