Measurement of neurotic symptoms by self-report questionnaire: validity of the SCL-90R

Psychol Med. 1990 Nov;20(4):873-9. doi: 10.1017/s0033291700036576.


The Symptom Check List (SCL-90R) is a self-report questionnaire which is designed to be suitable for use as a psychiatric case-finding instrument, as a measure of symptom severity, and as a descriptive measure of psychopathology. Scores obtained using the instrument were compared with those obtained from the investigator-based interview, the Present State Examination, in two samples of patients: a sample of patients with chronic physical disease (diabetes mellitus) and a sample of patients with bulimia nervosa. There was good agreement between the two methods of measurement in both samples, suggesting that the SCL-90R performs well in the assessment of neurotic symptoms.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Bulimia / psychology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neurotic Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Neurotic Disorders / psychology
  • Personality Tests*
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sick Role*