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NDACAN Measure Details

Health Opinion Survey


Designed to be a self-report measure of neurotic or psychosomatic symptoms in the general population. The Health Opinion Survey (HOS) is a measure of general mental health in response to temporary stressors. The HOS was developed as a tool to identify individuals with psychological disturbances in the general population (MacMillan, 1957). The instrument contains 20 items, each describing a physical symptom (e.g., "Are you bothered by your heart beating hard?").


MacMillan, A. M. (1957). The Health Opinion Survey: Technique for estimating the prevalence of psychoneurotic and related types of disorder in communities. Psychological Reports. 3, 325-339.