Filling in the missing pieces: a comparative Rasch analysis of inpatient and outpatient SCL90R data

Robert Elliott, Christine Fox, Svetlana A. Beltyukova, Andrew Moskowitz

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


In our Rasch analysis of the Symptom Checklist-90-R (SCL90R) using an American outpatient sample (n=298), Elliott et al. (2006) noted among other things that there was a sampling gap in the upper extreme range of the measured underlying client distress dimension. In this paper we remedy this gap by replicating our earlier results with a Scottish inpatient sample (n= 135). When analyzed separately, a three-point rating scale again appeared to provide a better trade-off between reliability and simplicity than the standard 5-point scale. The inpatient sample showed comparable person separation to the outpatient sample (5.13 vs. 5.31), but as expected because of greater participant homogeneity, item separation was substantially lower (4.76 vs. 8.89), indicating less discrimination among items, but equivalent discrimination among persons. Interestingly, when we collapsed the rating scale into only two points ('not at all' vs. all other ratings), there was very little loss of information. Ironically, this suggests that the SCL90R could be used as a 'checklist' after all, in which symptoms are rated either present or absent.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - Mar 2009
EventSPR (UK) Ravenscar research Conference 2009 - Ravenscar
Duration: 14 Mar 200916 Mar 2009


ConferenceSPR (UK) Ravenscar research Conference 2009


  • Rasch analysis
  • inpatients
  • outpatients
  • counselling


Dive into the research topics of 'Filling in the missing pieces: a comparative Rasch analysis of inpatient and outpatient SCL90R data'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this