Anxiety and depression checklist (K10)

The K10 is widely recommended as a simple measure of psychological distress and as a measure of outcomes following treatment for common mental health disorders. The K10 is in the public domain and is promoted on the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression website, as a self report measure to identify need for treatment.

How is the K10 scored?

The K10 uses a 5 value response option for each question – all of the time, most of the time, some of the time, a little of the time and none of the time which can be scored from 5 through to 1.

The maximum score is fifty indicating severe distress, the minimum score is ten indicating no distress.

Questions 3 and 6 are not asked if the preceding question was ‘none of the time’ in which case questions 3 and 6 would automatically receive a score of one.

For further information on the K10 please refer to or Andrews, G Slade, T. Interpreting score on the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10). Australia and New Zealand Journal of Public Health: 2001; 25:6: 494-497.

Anxiety and depression checklist (K10)

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