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Table 1 Item responses of respondents (N = 6223)

From: Characteristic distribution of the total and individual item scores on the Kessler Screening Scale for Psychological Distress (K6) in US adults

Item Response, n (%) Ratio of “a little” to “none” Ratio of “some” to “a little” Rank order of the ratio of “a little” to “none”
None A little Some Most All
1 Sad 4383 (70.4) 1260 (20.2) 462 (7.4) 97 (1.6) 21 (0.3) 0.29 0.37 3
2 Nervous 2718 (43.7) 2253 (36.2) 1011 (16.2) 199 (3.2) 42 (0.7) 0.83 0.45 6
3 Restless 2951 (47.4) 2042 (32.8) 997 (16.0) 184 (3.0) 49 (0.8) 0.69 0.49 5
4 Hopeless 5000 (80.3) 768 (12.3) 330 (5.3) 91 (1.5) 34 (0.5) 0.15 0.43 2
5 Effort 3632 (58.4) 1664 (26.7) 637 (10.2) 214 (3.4) 76 (1.2) 0.46 0.38 4
6 Worthless 5004 (80.4) 765 (12.3) 326 (5.2) 89 (1.4) 39 (0.6) 0.15 0.43 1
Average 3948 (63.4) 1459 (23.4) 627 (10.1) 146 (2.3) 44 (0.7) 0.43 0.42