Journal article

Mental health screening: severity and cut-off point sensitivity of the Athlete Psychological Strain Questionnaire in male and female elite athletes

Simon Rice, Lisa Olive, Vincent Gouttebarge, Alexandra G Parker, Patrick Clifton, Peter Harcourt, Michael Llyod, Alex Kountouris, Ben Smith, Beau Busch, Rosemary Purcell

BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020


Objectives: To examine the sensitivity/specificity of the Athlete Psychological Strain Questionnaire (APSQ) in both male and female elite athletes, and also assess internal consistency and convergent/divergent validity, and determine discriminative validity relative to current injury status. Methods: Data were provided by 1093 elite athletes (males n=1007; females n=84). Scale validity and reliability values were benchmarked against validated measures of general psychological distress and well-being. ROC curve analysis determined a range of optimal severity cut-points. Results: Bias-corrected area under curve (AUC) values supported three APSQ cut-points for moderate (AUC=0.901), high (AUC=0...

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Awarded by Career Development Fellowship from the NHMRC

Funding Acknowledgements

Simon Rice was supported by a Career Development Fellowship from the NHMRC (APP1158881). This study was, in part, made possible from funding from several sporting bodies, all of whom requested anonymity.