Are extremely low scores on problem scales be considered deviant?

Answer: Extremely low scores merely reflect a paucity of reported problems. The profile compresses the low end of the syndrome, DSM-oriented, and Critical Items scales so that a T score of 50 is the minimum obtainable on these scales. However, most people have at least some problems. Very low scores suggest that the respondent has not understood the form, or is not being candid. As a guideline for scores that are low enough to warrant skepticism, the following Total Problems scores were obtained from only about 4% of the respondents in our non-referred normative samples: OASR for both genders at all ages, Total Problems scores <7; OABCL men 60-75, Total Problems scores <4; women 60-75, Total Problems scores <3; both genders over age 75, Total Problems scores <5.

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