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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
  • T. G. SriramAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences
  • , C. R. ChandrashekarAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences
  • , M. K. IsaacAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences
  • , V. ShanmughamAffiliated withDepartment of Biostatistics, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences

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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.