The design and development of a screening questionnaire (CHQ) for use in community studies of mental disorders in Taiwan

Psychol Med. 1986 May;16(2):415-22. doi: 10.1017/s0033291700009247.


The problems which arise in the use of a psychiatric screening instrument in a language and culture other than that in which it was designed and developed are considered. An account is given of the development of a psychiatric screening questionnaire suitable for use in Chinese community samples. The questionnaire was derived from a Chinese translation of the General Health Questionnaire, with the addition of specially designed, culturally-relevant items. Discriminant function analysis was then used to select a subset of 12 items which discriminated well between 'cases' and 'normals' in the community.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Community Mental Health Services
  • Cultural Characteristics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Language
  • Male
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychological Tests / methods*
  • Psychometrics
  • Sex Factors
  • Taiwan