The Neuropsychological Symptoms Self-Report: psychometric properties in an adolescent and young adult mental health cohort

Kelly Allott, Caroline X. Gao, Caroline Fisher, Sarah E Hetrick, Kate M Filia, Jana M Menssink, Helen E Herrman, Debra J Rickwood, Alexandra G Parker, Patrick D McGorry, Sue M Cotton

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Background Subjective cognitive symptoms are common in young people receiving mental health treatment and are associated with poorer outcomes. The aim of this study was to determine the psychometric properties of the Neuropsychological Symptoms Self-Report (NSSR), an eight-item measure recently developed to provide a snapshot of young people?s perceived change in cognitive functioning in relation to mental health treatment. Method The sample included 633 youth aged 12?25 years (Mage = 18.2, 66.5% female, 88.6% Australian-born) who had sought mental health treatment in primary headspace services. At three-month follow-up, participants completed the NSSR and self-report measures of depression and anxiety. Results Excellent internal consistency was found: Cronbach?s alpha = 0.93. The NSSR had negative correlations with self-reported anxiety (r = ?.33, p 
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalChild and Adolescent Mental Health
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021


  • Cognitive symptoms
  • subjective
  • youth
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • psychometrics
  • unidimensional
  • classic test theory
  • item response theory

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