Assessment of Depression

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Depression Scales Derived from the Hopkins Symptom Checklist

  • R. S. Lipman

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The Hopkins Symptom Checklist (HSCL) is a patient self-report symptom inventory derived from the Cornell Medical Index. The HSCL was developed initially to measure the more common psychoneurotic complaints of outpatients [18]. An early version of the instrument, the “Discomfort Scale,” was used by Parloff et al. [26] and by Frank et al. [11] as an improvement measure in their studies of psychotherapy. Frank et al. [11], for example, employed a 41-item version of the HSCL in a series of psychotherapy studies.