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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: HoNOSCA-D as a measure of the severity of diagnosed mental disorders in children and adolescents : psychometric properties of the German translation
Authors: von Wyl, Agnes
Toggweiler, Stephan
Zollinger, Ruedi
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-3648
Published in: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Volume(Issue): 8
Issue: 186
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Frontiers Research Foundation
ISSN: 1664-0640
Language: English
Subjects: German-language version; HoNOSCA-D; ICD-10; Child; Mental disorder; Psychometrics; Validity; Adolescent
Subject (DDC): 616.89: Mental disorders, clinical psychology and psychiatry
618.92: Pediatrics
Abstract: The Health of the Nation Outcome Scales for Children and Adolescents (HoNOSCA), in use worldwide, is a 13-item measure assessing the biopsychosocial severity of mental health problems in children and adolescents. This article introduces the authorized German-language version of HoNOSCA, the HoNOSCA-D, and examines and discusses its psychometric properties based on a clinical sample of 1,533 children and adolescents aged 4;0 to 17;11 years. For the HoNOSCA-D total score (severity of mental health problems), internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha) was 0.63. The discriminative power of the items ranged from 0.07 to 0.44; the average interitem correlation was 0.11. Due to this stochastic independence, calculation of a total severity index is acceptable. Using factor analysis, the principal axis factoring and varimax rotation resulted in a four-factor structure, which with a Kaiser-Meyer-Olkin measure of sampling adequacy of 0.684 explained 30.62% of total variance. The convergent correlations with the German-language parent report version of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire were as expected and showed a medium effect size. Gender and age differences in the HoNOSCA-D total score were small. Regarding the 13 items gender and age differences were negligible to medium. The highest severity was found for schizophrenia and psychotic disorders, followed by affective disorders and social behavior disorders. Overall, validity of HoNOSCA-D was clearly supported.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: Applied Psychology
Organisational Unit: Psychological Institute (PI)
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