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Past and Present State Examination: the assessment of ‘lifetime ever’ psychopathology

  • Peter McGuffin (a1), Randy Katz (a1) and Julie Aldrich (a1)


A Past History Schedule (PHS) for use in conjunction with the Present State Examination (PSE) is described. The PHS/PSE interview enables a rating of ‘lifetime ever’ psychopathology to be performed. It provides good inter-rater reliability, as well as a satisfactory agreement between retrospective interviews and casenote-based assessment of past psychopathology. The PHS has been devised specifically for use in a family-genetic study of affective illness, but the general approach may be applicable to other categories of psychiatric disorder.


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1 Address for correspondence: Dr P. McGuffin, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AF.


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