Assessment of Distress, Disorder, Impairment, and Need in the Population

William W. Eaton, Ramin Mojtabai, Elizabeth A. Stuart, Jeannie Marie S. Leoutsakos, S. Janet Kuramoto

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter deals with the measurement of psychopathology, with an emphasis on population-based life course approaches. Assessment of mental and behavioral disorders is more difficult than measurement in many areas of medicine, because of the lack of simple and valid biological markers for the presence of mental and behavioral disorders. In effect, the measurement must always involve talking to individuals or observing their behaviors in ways that can be described to others and replicated by them if necessary, consistent with the scientific method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPublic Mental Health
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199950416
ISBN (Print)9780195390445
StatePublished - Sep 20 2012


  • Measurement
  • Mental disorders
  • Population-based studies
  • Psychopathology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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