Temporal stability of the Brief Symptom Inventory 18 among Irish college students over four weeks

Frank Houghton1, Noreen Keane1, Christopher Alan Lewis2, Niamh Murphy1, Sharon Houghton3, Claire Dunne4
1Department of Humanities, Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland
2Professor of Psychology,  Dean of Institute for Health, Medical Sciences and Society, Glyndwr University, United Kingdom
3Department of Education and Professional Studies, University of Limerick, Ireland
4PASS Coordinator (Peer Support), University College Cork, Ireland
Cite this article:  Houghton, F. , Keane, N. , Lewis, C. A., Murphy, N. , Houghton, S. , & Dunne, C. (2013). Temporal stability of the Brief Symptom Inventory 18 among Irish college students over four weeks. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 41, 197-198.

Volume 41 Issue 2 | e2794 | Published: March 2013 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2013.41.2.197

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Of the currently limited available data on the mental health of students in Ireland the most notable are provided in the College Lifestyle and Attitudinal National (CLAN) Survey (Hope, Dring, & Dring, 2005). Recently, Houghton et al. (2012) found among students at an Irish university that women reported significantly higher levels of symptomatology than men on each of the three 6-item subscales of the Brief Symptom Inventory 18 (BSI 18; Derogatis, 2001) (anxiety, depression, and somatization) and the Global Severity Index (GSI; summed total of the 18 items). Similarly, final-year students had significantly worse mental health than non-final-year students. Internal reliability, construct validity, and factor structure of the BSI 18, were reported but no data on the test-retest reliability of the measure. Our aim was to supplement these findings by reporting on the test-retest reliability of the BSI 18 in a small sample of Irish college students.

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