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A cross-cultural study of the reliability and factorial dimensions of the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS)

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The factor-structure and the reliability of the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) was investigated in a group of short stay psychiatric patients in a Dutch university clinic. It was found that the BPRS has a good inter-rater reliability. With the exception of a new Disorientation subscale all original five subscales could be replicated when compared with an American study.

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Dingemans, P.M., Winter, M.F., Bleeker, J.A.C. et al. A cross-cultural study of the reliability and factorial dimensions of the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS). Psychopharmacology 80, 190–191 (1983). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00427968

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Key words

  • Manifest psychopathology
  • Reliability
  • Factor structure
  • Cross-cultural psychiatry
  • Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS)