Note: This is a simple distress test and should not be used as a diagnosis. It is recommended you call 1300 GET HELP or visit your general practitioner or health professional for a more personalised assessment.
What is K10?
K10 is a psychological distress scale developed by Kessler and Mroczek. The K10 comprises ten questions about psychological distress that is used as a simple measure of a persons level of distress. It is a normally used as a screening instrument to identify people in need of further assessment for anxiety and depression.
The ten questions are scored between 1 and 5. The relationship between the K10 score and psychological distress is linear. That is, lower K10 scores indicate a lower level of psychological distress while higher K10 scores indicate a higher level of psychological distress. The developers of the instrument did not recommend standardised scoring; rather they recommended that scores should be interpreted according to the population studied.
For further information on the K10 please refer to www.crufad.org.