A new personal disturbance scale (DSSI/sAD)

Br J Soc Clin Psychol. 1976 Nov;15(4):387-94. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8260.1976.tb00050.x.


A brief self-report measure of personal disturbance is presented. Being derived from the Delusions-Symptoms-States Inventory, it focuses exclusively on recent symptomatology, uncontaminated by personality attributes. Data are presented which show significant agreement (a) for the allocation of the items to syndromes by experiences raters, and (b) between patients' self-report and their psychiatrists' ratings. At the anxiety, depression, and total sAD scale levels a high discrimination is found between the normal and pmal distributions, both of which are in contrast to personality measures. The scales appear relevant to treatment evaluation and for detecting the personally disturbed in general populations.

MeSH terms

  • Adjustment Disorders / diagnosis
  • Adult
  • Affective Symptoms / diagnosis
  • Anxiety / diagnosis
  • Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis
  • Delusions / diagnosis
  • Depression / diagnosis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Personality Inventory*
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales