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April 1967

Mental Status Schedule: Properties of Factor-Analytically Derived Scales

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Research Division, Washington Heights Community Service, New York State Psychiatric Institute and Biometrics Research, Department of Mental Hygiene, and Columbia University Department of Psychiatry (Drs. Spitzer and Endicott, and Mr. Fleiss), and New York University (Dr. Cohen).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;16(4):479-493. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730220091013

THE Mental Status Schedule (MSS) is an instrument designed to improve the research value of clinical judgments of current psychopathology based on data collected during a psychiatric interview. It is intended primarily for use with psychiatric patients, but it can also be used with nonpatients living in the community. It focuses upon signs and symptoms associated with neurotic, Psychotic, and organic brain disorders.

The latest version of the MSS, designated Form A, is currently being used in a number of projects involving such varied problems as the research evaluation of treatment, case finding, routine admission assessment, and the phenomenology of mental disorders. Its advantages over other commonly used assessment procedures are: the incorporation of a standardized interview schedule to reduce inconsistency and oversight due to variability in interviewing techniques and coverage of psychopathology; the use of a score sheet which serves simultaneously as a

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