General Health Questionnaire

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Appropriate For
Comprehensiveness Intermediate
Administration Time - 1 hr
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Scoring Options hand icon
Language English
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The General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) is a screening device for identifying minor psychiatric disorders in the general population and within community or non-psychiatric clinical settings such as primary care or general medical out-patients. Suitable for all ages from adolescent upwards – not children, it assesses the respondent’s current state and asks if that differs from his or her usual state. It is therefore sensitive to short-term psychiatric disorders but not to long-standing attributes of the respondent.

The self-administered questionnaire focuses on two major areas:

• The inability to carry out normal functions
• The appearance of new and distressing phenomena.
• It is available in the following versions:

• GHQ-60: the fully detailed 60-item questionnaire
• GHQ-30: a short form without items relating to physical illness
• GHQ-28: a 28 item scaled version – assesses somatic symptoms, anxiety and insomnia, social dysfunction and severe depression
• GHQ-12: a quick, reliable and sensitive short form – ideal for research studies.

Why use the GHQ?

• The self-administered questionnaire is an ideal screening device for identifying non-psychotic and minor psychiatric disorders to help inform further intervention
• GHQ is available in four different versions, enabling researchers and clinicians to select the version most appropriate to their individual requirements
• For researchers intending to set-up their own localised validation studies – the GHQ User’s Guide provides guidance and advise.
Complete Set contents

Different versions: GHQ-60, GHQ-30, GHQ-28 and GHQ-12.


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