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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 34 (1992) 5

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Detection of psychopathology in young adults

M. Wiznitzer, M. Koeter, W. van den Brink, R. Giel, F.C. Verhulst, H.M. Koot, J. van der Ende

Within the framework of longitudinal (cohort) research, in which children are followed into adulthood, we compared the results of a `child' questionnaire adjusted for age (Young Adult Self Report) with two existing `adult' ones (General Health Questionnaire, Symptom Checklist), for detecting psychopahology in young adults. The quality of the Young Adult Self Report as a screening instrument was found to be at least as well as the Symptom Checklist. Differences in performance between the General Health Questionnaire and both other self-assessment instruments were almost completely accounted for by lower values in sensitivity. An age adjusted `child' instrument appears a good alternative compared to an existing `adult' instrument, for the assessment of psychopathology in the young adult group.