Journal article

LATENT TRAIT MODELING OF SYMPTOMS OF SCHIZOPHRENIA

RC BELL, LH LOW, HJ JACKSON, PL DUDGEON, DL COPOLOV, BS SINGH

PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 1994

Abstract

Latent trait models were fitted to data for 149 schizophrenic or schizophreniform inpatients rated on the Scale for the Assessment of Positive Symptoms (SAPS) and the Scale for the Assessment of Negative Symptoms (SANS) using the Rasch Extended Logistic Model. It was found that a reduction in the numbers of rating categories, from six to three or four led to consistencies in response while deletion of several items led to consistent scales of symptoms that accorded with an item response characterization. Behaviours included in the final scales varied in the numbers of categories, and in the range of symptom level covered by a category. Relationships between scores representing symptoms were ..

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