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A Life Course Approach to Mental Disorders$
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Karestan C. Koenen, Sasha Rudenstine, Ezra Susser, and Sandro Galea

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199657018

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657018.001.0001

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Measurement issues in epidemiology of psychiatric disorders

Measurement issues in epidemiology of psychiatric disorders

(p.26) Chapter 3 Measurement issues in epidemiology of psychiatric disorders
A Life Course Approach to Mental Disorders

Patricia Cohen

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews measurement issues related to life course epidemiology. Issues include thinking through questions to be addressed and potential sources of information including and beyond that to be obtained from cohort members, family, friends, and/or official records. Established interview assessments of psychiatric disorders cover a range of ages, inclusion of many disorders or, sometimes, only those most prevalent. Some longitudinal studies examine the extended course of a particular disorder based on clinical samples. Others, more broadly, focus on general or high risk populations. Measure planning begins by reviewing the broad areas in which data have already suggested risks related to the targeted psychiatric disorders or symptoms. The potential domains of relevant measures are discussed, including measure selection, sequence, and administration issues. Critical measurement issues of reliability and validity are briefly introduced.

Keywords:   measurement, reliability, validity, diagnosis, study design, Children in the Community Study

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