Subjective health complaints in adolescence--reliability and validity of survey methods

J Adolesc. 2001 Oct;24(5):611-24. doi: 10.1006/jado.2000.0393.


This paper studies test-retest reliability and validity of one measure of adolescent health complaints. The test-retest included an eight-item symptom checklist developed for the survey of Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (n=344). Qualitative analysis showed adequate validity for most items. For the total sample, all items were found to have adequate intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) in the range 0.61-0.75. There were inter-item differences and girls generally received the higher values. Most changes were within one category. Adolescents' understanding of 16 complaints was studied by interviews with 38 adolescents. A few items showed ambiguity in interviews despite adequate test-retest stability.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Female
  • Health Status Indicators*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Mental Health*
  • Norway / epidemiology
  • Psychology, Adolescent*
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results