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

Linda Jenner (Director of LeeJenn Health Consultants, Northern New South Wales, Australia)
Jacqui Cameron (Senior Consultant with LeeJenn Health Consultants, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and Adjunct Lecturer at Flinders University, Adelaide)
Nicole K. Lee (Associate Professor at Flinders University, Adelaide, and is Director of LeeJenn Health Consultants, Melbourne, Australia)
Suzanne Nielsen (NHRMC Early Career Research Fellow, based at University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)

Advances in Dual Diagnosis

ISSN: 1757-0972

Publication date: 18 November 2013



The purpose of this paper is to examine test-retest reliability of the PsyCheck screening tool.


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.


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.


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.



Jenner, L., Cameron, J., K. Lee, N. and Nielsen, S. (2013), "Test-retest reliability of PsyCheck: a mental health screening tool for substance use treatment clients", Advances in Dual Diagnosis, Vol. 6 No. 4, pp. 168-175. https://doi.org/10.1108/ADD-03-2013-0008

Download as .RIS



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2013, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Please note you might not have access to this content

You may be able to access this content by login via Shibboleth, Open Athens or with your Emerald account.
If you would like to contact us about accessing this content, click the button and fill out the form.
To rent this content from Deepdyve, please click the button.