Test-retest reliability of PsyCheck: A mental health screening tool for substance use treatment clients

Linda Jenner, Jacqui Cameron, Nicole K. Lee, Suzanne Nielsen

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine test-retest reliability of the PsyCheck screening tool. Design/methodology/approach: In all, 50 drug users in their first three months of treatment were given the Self Reporting Questionnaire (SRQ; PsyCheck version) at two time points between five and nine days apart to examine reliability of the screen over time. Findings: Results suggest that the SRQ (PsyCheck version) has good test-retest reliability. ICC=0.841 (p=0.000) showed strong agreement between time 1 and time 2. Practical implications: The study confirms that the SRQ (PsyCheck) is a stable and reliable instrument for use within drug treatment settings. The implications of the use of screening tools not validated within alcohol and drug treatment setting are discussed. Originality/value: Mental health problems, particularly anxiety and mood disorders, are common among clients of alcohol and drug treatment services and alcohol and drug workers often undertake symptom management of high prevalence disorders. The originality of this study is that the PsyCheck screening tool was designed for use by non-mental health specialists to detect common mental health problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-175
Number of pages8
JournalAdvances in Dual Diagnosis
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Comorbidity
  • Mental health
  • PsyCheck
  • Screening
  • SRQ
  • Substance use treatment

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