Dataset: The Health of Houston Survey 2018

Variable sevr_psy: Serious Psychological Distress [C]

Literal Question

The variable was created from multiple survey questions, specifically MH_1-MH_6.

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 five 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
0 No 5308 3,091,624.4
1 Yes 386 235,847.4
-8 Not in universe 1516 1,268,569.6

Summary Statistics

Valid cases 5694 3327471.745
Missing cases 1516 1268569.574
Standard deviation 0.251 0.257
This variable is numeric


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