Our objective was to assess the validity of the SF-36 General Health Survey against the Social Maladjustment Schedule (SMS) and two questionnaire measures, the Social Problem Questionnaire and the Nottingham Health Profile (NHP) in a random subsample of 206 men and women from the Whitehall II study, a longitudinal survey of health and disease amongst 10,308 London-based civil servants.
We found that social functioning on the SF-36 correlated significantly with social contacts, total satisfaction and total management scores on the SMS, and social isolation and emotional reactions on the NHP.
General mental health on the SF-36 was associated with marriage, social contacts, leisure scores, total satisfaction and total management scores on the SMS, and emotional reactions, energy level and social isolation on the NHP.
Conversely, physical functioning and physical role limitations were generally not associated with the SMS but were associated with physical abilities and pain on the NHP.
In conclusion, this study offers evidence of the discriminant validity of the general mental health and physical functioning scales of the SF-36.
We also found moderate construct and criterion validity for the social functioning scale of the SF-36 and considerable overlap between the general mental health and social functioning scales.
Mots-clés Pascal : Validité, Epidémiologie, Méthode étude, Santé mentale, Société, Sociologie, Questionnaire, Méthodologie, Information, Santé, Qualité vie, Mode de vie, Technique mesure, Mesure
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Validity, Epidemiology, Investigation method, Mental health, Society, Sociology, Questionnaire, Methodology, Information, Health, Quality of life, Life habit, Measurement technique, Measurement
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ORS Auvergne - Observatoire Régional de la Santé d'Auvergne
Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 16/10/1997.