Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Psychology



First Advisor

Lynda Stein


Mental health conditions have increased significantly among youth and young adults, yet no single and efficient screening tool exists covering multiple potential disorders. The purpose of this study was to validate the DSM-5 Cross Cutting Symptom Measure (CCSM) as a screening tool for a wide variety of disorders within busy community outpatient mental health settings. Results overall indicate good validity evidence for depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use domains; moderate evidence for memory domains; and rather poor evidence for mania and inattention domains. The use of a broad screening tool, such as the CCSM, may provide brevity in screening for multiple disorders as a “first step” approach. Clinicians may use the CCSM to assist with the measurement of mental health conditions related to depression, psychosis, and substance use, however, not replace structured interview for making diagnoses related to these conditions. Future studies should aim to conduct a split-sample cross validation of the CCSM to allow for stronger conclusions to be made regarding reliability and validity.

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