Derogatis Psychiatric Rating Scale (DPRS)


The Derogatis Psychiatric Rating Scale (DPRS) is multidimensional scale for professionals to measure a patient’s psychological symptomatic distress.  Instruments, SCL-90-R and BSI, are closely associated with the DPRS;  the DPRS is used as a validity check for them.  The DPRS uses nine subscales to base the distress rating.  There is an additional test that uses 8 other subscales to provide a more accurate clinical evaluation.

The test consists of 17-item using a 6-point scale and then one more item with a 8-point scale.  The test is done in a paper-pence format and takes approximately 2 to 5 minutes to complete.  Adolescents to adults are the age range for testing.


Leonard R. Derogatis

Where to Purchase

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Administration, Analysis and Reporting

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Dissertations and Journals

Cheston, S. E., Piedmon, R. L., Eanes, B. & Lavin, L. (2003).  Changes in Clients’ Images of God over the Course of Outpatient Therapy.  Counseling and Values, 47, 2003.

Piedmont, R. L., Werdel, M. B., Deneke, E. (2009).  An Evaluation of Reinert’s Surrender Scale in an Outpatient Alcohol/Other Drug Abuse Treatment Sample.  Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 1544-4538, 27 (2), 213-222.

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