Age Range: Individuals 13 years and older
Reading Level: 6th Grade
Administration: Paper-and-pencil, CD, computer or online administration
Completion Time: 12-15 minutes (90 items, 5-point rating scale)
Norms: Adult nonpatients, Adult psychiatric outpatients, Adult psychiatric inpatients, Adolescent nonpatients
Scoring Options: Q-global™ Scoring & Reporting, Q Local™ Software, Mail-in Scoring Service, or Manual Scoring
Publication Date: 1994
The Symptom Checklist-90-R (SCL-90-R) instrument helps evaluate a broad range of psychological problems and symptoms of psychopathology. The instrument is also useful in measuring patient progress or treatment outcomes.
The SCL-90-R instrument is used by clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and professionals in mental health, medical, and educational settings as well as for research purposes. It can be useful in:
- Initial evaluation of patients at intake as an objective method for symptom assessment
- Measuring patient progress during and after treatment to monitor change
- Outcomes measurement for treatment programs and providers through aggregated patient information
- Clinical trials to help measure the changes in symptoms such as depression and anxiety
- The SCL-90-R test contains only 90 items and can be complete in just 12-15 minutes.
- The test helps measure 9 primary symptom dimensions and is designed to provide an overview of a patient's symptoms and their intensity at a specific point in time.
- The progress report graphically displays patient progress for up to 5 previous administrations.
- By providing an index of symptom severity, the assessment helps facilitate treatment decisions and identify patients before problems become acute.
- The Global Severity Index can be used as a summary of the test.
- More than 1,000 studies have been conducted demonstrating the reliability, validity, and utility of the instrument.
SOM - Somatization
O-C - Obsessive-Compulsive
I-S - Interpersonal Sensitivity
DEP - Depression
ANX - Anxiety
HOS - Hostility
PHOB - Phobic Anxiety
PAR - Paranoid Ideation
PSY - Psychoticism
Global Severity Index (GSI): Designed to measure overall psychological distress.
Positive Symptom Distress Index (PSDI): Designed to measure the intensity of symptoms.
Positive Symptom Total (PST): Reports number of self-reported symptoms.
Adapted from the SCL-90-R test, the revised test is normed on 4 groups:
- Adult psychiatric outpatients
- Adult nonpatients
- Adult psychiatric inpatients
- Adolescent nonpatients
The interpretive report is based on age-appropriate nonpatient norm groups; adolescent norms are used for 13- to 17-year olds, and nonpatient adult norms are used for subjects over age 17.
This report can be useful for monitoring change. It presents a graphic profile of raw and normalized T scores for each of the 9 Primary Symptom Dimensions and the 3 Global Indices. For adults, T scores are profiled based on your choice of nonpatient, outpatient or inpatient norms. (The T scores for the remaining norm groups are printed below the profile.) For adolescents, T scores are reported using adolescent nonpatient norms.
View a sample Profile Report.
In addition to providing a profile of scores, the interpretive report provides a narrative overview of the client's symptoms at the global level and specific statements describing the individual symptom scale scores. The Pathognomonic Signs section of the report notes disorders that might be present given the pattern and intensity of symptom endorsement. A Symptoms of Note section lists all items to which the client responded "extremely" or "quite a bit."
View a sample Interpretive Report.
This report can help monitor a client's progress over time. It graphically displays scale-by-scale changes in a client's scores for up to 5 previously reported administrations.
View a sample Progress Report.
Q-interactive™ – offers efficient, intuitive assessment experience utilizing tablet technology and user-centered design. Helps you conduct one-on-one, interactively administered assessments.
Q Local™ Scoring and Reporting Desktop Software - Enables you to score assessments, report results, and store and export data on your computer.
Mail-in Scoring Service - Specially designed answer sheets are mailed to us for processing within 24-48 hours of receipt and returned via regular mail.
Manual Scoring - Administer assessments on answer sheets and score them quickly yourself with an answer key.
This test is available on Q-global™ - Pearson's new web-based platform for scoring and reporting. It's accessible anytime, from any computer connected to the Internet. Secure and affordable, this system helps you quickly and automatically organize information, generate scores, and produce accurate, comprehensive reports.
Q-global also offers:
- 24/7 secure, web-based access
- Portability: Q-global can be used on mobile devices such as a laptop or tablet
- On-demand, reliable scoring and comprehensive reporting solutions
- Pricing on a per-report basis
SCL-90-R and BSI Tests: The Derogatis Checklist Series
Presenter: Dr. Leonard R. Derogatis
Learn how you can better serve your client's needs and expand your practice with the use of the Derogatis Checklist Series. Dr. Derogatis, a global authority on symptom checklists and outcomes measurement and author of the SCL-90-R, BSI, and BSI 18 tests, will present a free webinar on the history, design, and application of these respected instruments. Quick and easy to administer, the Derogatis Checklist Series is widely used in a variety of settings, including clinical practice, medical settings, and clinical trials.
Date: May 28, 2015
The Derogatis Checklist Series: SCL-90-R, BSI, and BSI 18
Presenter: Leonard Derogatis
Learn about how you can better serve your client’s needs and expand your practice with the use of the Derogatis Checklist Series. Dr. Derogatis, a global authority on symptom checklists and outcomes measurement and author of the SCL-90-R®, BSI®, and BSI 18 tests, will present a free webinar on the history, design, and application of these respected instruments. Quick and easy to administer, the Derogatis Checklist Series is widely used in a variety of settings, including clinical practice, medical settings, and clinical trials.
Date: May 11, 2011
Frequently asked questions follow. Click on a question to see the response.
Do any of the SCL-90-R reports contain all of the normative groups?
The SCL-90-R MICROTEST QTM Interpretive and Profile Reports provide information on all three adult normative groups: Nonpatient, Outpatient, and Inpatient. The SCL-90-R profile report graphically displays the data using the norm group of your choice. The SCL-90-R interpretive report graphically displays the data using the nonpatient norms. The T scores for the other normative groups are listed below the graph.
Is the SCL-90-R available in other languages?
The SCL-90-R assessment is available in Spanish and French for Canada. Forms for the Spanish version are available for use with the MICROTEST Q system and hand-scoring. Forms for the French for Canada version are available for use with hand-scoring only.
What is the difference between the SCL-90-R assessment and the original SCL-90 assessment?
The SCL-90 assessment is an unnormed precursor to the SCL-90-R assessment. The original SCL-90 anxiety scale did not work and its obsessive-compulsive scale was very weak. After the assessment was revised, norms were developed for the revised assessment (SCL-90-R), and the BSI® assessment was developed from that. Most research has been conducted using the SCL-90-R and BSI instruments.