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INTERCORRELATIONS AMONG THE DIMENSIONS OF THE BRIEF SYMPTOM INVENTORY (BSI) IN PEOPLE WITH PSYCHOSIS AND GENDER DIFFERENCES

Lidija Injac Stevović

The aim of this study was to investigate the intercorrelations of nine dimensions of symptoms assessed by the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI). The sample consisted of 122 people with psychotic disorders, 55% of which were females and 45% were males. First of all, the results indicated the satisfactory reliability of all nine BSI scales. Also, all these dimensions correlated positively and significantly to each other, where coefficients indicated moderate to strong relationships. When it comes to gender differences, statistically significant differences were obtained only for Somatization. Women reported higher intensity of this type of symptoms over the past week in comparison to men. A short inventory of symptoms, therefore, proved to be a reliable instrument that can be used in Montenegro during the assessment of psychotic symptoms. In addition, different neurotic and psychotic symptoms have been correlated with each other; hence, there is a certain "overlap" between somatization, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, depression, anxiety, hostility, paranoid ideation, and psychoticism in persons with psychotic disorders.

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