Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

, Volume 24, Issue 6, pp 317–320

The General Health Questionnaire (GHQ)

Comparison of the English version and a translated Indian version

Authors

  • T. G. Sriram
    • Department of PsychiatryNational Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences
  • C. R. Chandrashekar
    • Department of PsychiatryNational Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences
  • M. K. Isaac
    • Department of PsychiatryNational Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences
  • V. Shanmugham
    • Department of BiostatisticsNational Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01788035

Cite this article as:
Sriram, T.G., Chandrashekar, C.R., Isaac, M.K. et al. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol (1989) 24: 317. doi:10.1007/BF01788035

Summary

The English version of the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) and a translated Indian version were administered to a sample of hundred bilingual college students. Both the versions of the GHQ showed adequate internal consistency and reliability. There was a high concordance between the two versions on high scorers and low scorers. These results were also applicable to GHQ-30 and GHQ-42. Item analysis revealed certain differences between the two versions attributable to semantic and technical problems. Validity of the GHQ in the Indian setting are discussed.

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