How to Create a New Mental Health Scale Using NHIS 02 (02/17/09)

 

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There are endless possibilities of scales you can create for analyzing data in NHIS 02.  We have listed two examples here using items related to adult and child mental health..

 

A 6 item Adult Mental Health Scale

 

ADMHS6 = sad+ nervous+ restless+ hopeless+ effort+ wortls.

 

 

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create by combining the 6 items under target variables.

          Click each item followed by (+) place item onto the numeric expression box.  

 For example, sad+nervous+restless+hopelss+effort+worls, than press okay. 

The new variable should appear at the bottom of your list of variable on “variable view.”

Child Mental Health Scale (02/17/09)

 

You can create any number of scales using questions from the NHIS 02.This Child Mental Health Scale will consist of a scale of 6 items from the Sam Child File of NHIS 02. Before starting, specify missing values.

CMHS6 = generally well behaved + had worries + often unhappy + gets along better w/adults +has good attention span + difficulties with emotions

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The new variable name should appear at the bottom of your variable list.

Make sure to enter the appropriate missing values for each item.,

 

For example, cmhmf12+ cmhmf13+cmhmf14+cmhmf15+cmhmf16+cmfdiff, then press OK.

 

The new variable name should appear at the bottom of the list of variables on the “Variable View.”

 

You are now ready to use the mental health scale for data analyses such as means, t test and correlations.

 

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