Global Check Set (GCS): This scale was developed as a rapid check of multiple key areas of psychological wellnesss. There are no psychometric standards or official scoring norms for this scale and hence it is not to be used for diagnostic purposes. However, it is a useful tool to bring attention to potential problem areas for further investigation.
It covers seven areas which include:
Depression(d) (#2, 9, 16, 21, 28)
Substance Use(a) (# 1, 8, 15, 20, 27)
Suicidality(s) (# 3, 10, 17, 22, 29)
PTSD(p) (# 4, 11, 23, 30, 34)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder(x) (# 5, 12, 24, 31, 35)
Somatization(i) (# 6, 13, 18, 25, 32), and
Dissociation(c) (#7, 14, 19, 26, 33).
Scoring is achieved through a total sum of scores as listed on scaled items (Total GSC Score).
For greater clarification total the sub-scores of the subscales above (d, a, s, p, x, i, c). Higher Scores signify greater psychological distress - compare scores over time.
Scores of 6 or higher in any of the subscales require further investigation
Scores of 9 or higher suggest a noteworthy risk factor
Any elevations above 3 on the Suicidality scale will require closer examination
Higher Scores signify greater psychological distress - comparte scores over time. A Total Score of greater than or equal to > 70 = represents significant psychological distress.