Dataset: The Health of Houston Survey 2010

Variable sevr_psy: Severe psychological distress [C]

Literal Question

The variable was created from multiple survey questions, specifically recoded from questions P1-P6 in the mental health section.

Descriptive Text

Serious Psychological Distress (SPD) is a non-specific measure of psychological distress that has been psychometrically validated and able to discriminate DSM-IV diagnostic cases from non-cases. SPD is determined using Kessler's scale of 6 questions (K1-K6). Each question asks about the frequency of symptoms, using one of 5 categories on a 0 to 4 scale. Responses to the six questions are then summed, resulting in scores ranging from 0-24. A K6 score of 13 or greater signifies SPD. The universe for this variable includes all adult respondents age 18 and older.

Values Categories N NW
1 Yes 375 221,459.5
2 No 4741 2,675,435.8
0 NIU - child 1378 1,188,993.7

Summary Statistics

Valid cases 5116 2896895.301
Missing cases 1378 1188993.699
This variable is numeric


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