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Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10)

Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10)

Here is a quick test to measure your level of psychological distress. The following questions ask about how you feel. For each question, please select the option that best describes how often you had this feeling.

1.During the past 1 month, how often did you feel tired out for no good reason?
2.During the past 1 month, how often did you feel nervous?
3.During the past 1 month, how often did you feel so nervous that nothing could calm you down?
4.During the past 1 month, how often did you feel hopeless?
5.During the past 1 month, how often did you feel restless or fidgety?
6.During the past 1 month, how often did you feel so restless that you could not sit still?
7.During the past 1 month, how often did you feel depressed?
8.During the past 1 month, how often did you feel so depressed that nothing could cheer you up?
9.During the past 1 month, how often did you feel that everything was an effort?
10.During the past 1 month, how often did you feel worthless?
References:
Kessler, R.C., Barker, P.R., Colpe, L.J., Epstein, J.F., Gfroerer, J.C., Hiripi, E., Howes, M.J, Normand, S-L.T., Manderscheid, R.W., Walters, E.E., & Zaslavsky, A.M. (2003). Screening for serious mental illness in the general population. Archives of General Psychiatry, 60(2), 184-189.

Andrews, G., Slade, T. (2001). Interpreting scores on the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10). Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 25, 494-497.

Victorian Population Health Survey (2001). Melbourne: Department of Human Services, Victoria.