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Appendix

Mental health survey pilot

TRANSITION STATEMENT—READ BEFORE STARTING THE ADDENDUM: The next series of questions are about mental health. As with the rest of the survey, anything you say is confidential and no information will be used to identify you in any way

Part A—Men 0 No 1 Yes
A1. Have you ever had worries that you just can’t get rid of? 0 1
A2. Some people find their mood changes frequently—as if they spend every day on an emotional rollercoaster. For example, switching from feeling angry to depressed to anxious many times a day. Does this sound like you? 0 1
A3. Do you get annoyed when friends and family complain about their problems? Or do people complain you are not sympathetic to their problems? 0 1
A4. Have you ever felt like you didn’t have any feelings, or felt distant or cut off from other people or from your surroundings? 0 1
A5. Has there ever been a time when you felt so irritable that you found yourself shouting at people or starting fights or arguments? 0 1
A6. Do you often get in trouble at work or with friends because you act excited at first but then lose interest in projects and don’t follow through? 0 1
A7. Do you tend to hold grudges or give people the silent treatment for days at a time? 0 1
A8. Have you ever tried to avoid reminders of, or to not think about, something terrible that you experienced or witnessed? 0 1
A9. Has there ever been a time when you felt depressed most of the day for at least two weeks? 0 1
A10. Have you been troubled by repeated thoughts, feelings, or nightmares about something terrible that you experienced or witnessed? 0 1
A11. Have you ever been in the hospital for non-medical reasons, such as a psychiatric hospital? (Do NOT include going to an Emergency Room if you were not hospitalised) 0 1
A12. Have you ever felt constantly on guard or watchful even when you didn’t need to, or felt jumpy and easily startled? 0 1
Part B—Women 0 No 1 Yes
B1. Do you get annoyed when friends and family complain about their problems? Or do people complain you are not sympathetic to their problems? 0 1
B2. Have you ever tried to avoid reminders of, or to not think about, something terrible that you experienced or witnessed? 0 1
B3. Some people find their mood changes frequently—as if they spend every day on an emotional rollercoaster. For example, switching from feeling angry to depressed to anxious many times a day. Does this sound like you? 0 1
B4. Have there ever been a few weeks when you felt you were useless, sinful, or guilty? 0 1
B5. Has there ever been a time when you felt depressed most of the day for at least 2 weeks? 0 1
B6. Do you find that most people will take advantage of you if you let them know too much about you? 0 1
B7. Have you been troubled by repeated thoughts, feelings, or nightmares about something terrible that you experienced or witnessed? 0 1
B8. Have you ever been in the hospital for non-medical reasons, such as a psychiatric hospital? (Do NOT include going to an Emergency Room if you were not hospitalised) 0 1
Part C—All Respondents 0 No 1 Yes
C1.Have you ever been diagnosed by a doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist or nurse with a mental health problem? If no skip to C2 0 1
C1B.What were you diagnosed with? Enter verbatim, list all mentioned
C2. Is there anything (else) from this list that you have been diagnosed with by a doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist or nurse? Show flash card and circle all that apply. If ‘No’ at C1 and ‘None’ at C2—skip C3 and end
  1. Learning disorder
  2. Developmental disorder
  3. Attention deficit or behavioural disorder
  4. Substance related disorder
  5. Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorder
  6. Mood disorder
  7. Anxiety disorder
  8. Somatoform disorder
  1. Dissociative disorder
  2. Sexual and gender identity disorder
  3. Paraphilias
  4. Eating disorder
  5. Sleep disorder
  6. Adjustment disorder
  7. Personality disorder
  8. Other disorder
C3. How old were you the first time you were diagnosed with a mental health problem? Enter age in whole years _________________ years

Notes: All respondents were asked Question C1. If at least 1 mental health problem was mentioned in C1, then the wording of C2 would include the word else, which is imbedded in the question in brackets. If the respondent answered no to C1, then the wording of C2 excludes the word else. Only respondents who answered yes to C1 and/or C2 were asked C3

 

Related links

Measuring mental health in criminology research: Lessons from the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program: