Premenstrual tension syndrome: the development of research diagnostic criteria and new rating scales

Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1980 Aug;62(2):177-90. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1980.tb00605.x.


Research diagnostic criteria for premenstrual tension syndrome (PMTS) are developed using data collected from a study of 42 women who were suffering from severe PMTS but were well at other times. Two specific scales are also devised for rating the severity of PMTS, a 36-item self-report questionnaire and a 10-item scale for use by therapist/researcher. It is proposed that after further evaluation and validation, these instruments may permit more useful comparisons of data on the etiology and treatment of this disorder.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Premenstrual Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales*
  • Syndrome