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March 1981

Life Event Reports by Psychiatric Patients, Nonpatients, and Their Partners

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine, and the Brentwood Veterans Administration Medical Center, Los Angeles (Dr Yager); the Psychiatry (Dr Grant), Research (Dr Grant and Mr Sweetwood), and Psychology (Dr Gerst) Services, Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Diego; and the Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine (Drs Grant and Gerst).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1981;38(3):343-347. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1981.01780280111013

• The Schedule of Recent Experience (SRE) was completed for three separate two-month periods by groups of male psychiatric patients, male nonpatients, and their partners (primarily spouses). Each partner completed the SRE for life events believed to have occurred to the index person. For both patient and nonpatient pairs, perfect agreement was reported for only about one third of the responses where at least one pair member reported an occurrence. With disagreements, index persons were little more likely than their partners to report that an event occurred. Agreement was higher for clearly worded than for vaguely worded items in both patient and nonpatient groups. Among nonpatient pairs only, agreement was higher for events that would be difficult to hide from a partner than for those that could be kept hidden. Agreement for undesirable events did not differ from agreement for desirable events for either group.