A clinical psychologist is administering the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (Hamilton, 1967). The scale ranges from 0 to 52. Scoring is based on the 17-item scale and scores of 0â€“7 are considered as being normal, 8â€“16 suggest mild depression, 17â€“23 moderate depression and scores over 24 are indicative of severe depression (Zimmerman, Martinez, Young, Chelminski, & Dalrymple, 2013). We have some evidence about the mean score for the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression among the population of adolescents: Î¼ = 6 with a standard deviation of Ïƒ =1.5. The clinical psychologistâ€™s patient, a 14-year old girl, scores a 10 on the scale. How would you describe her score relative to the population of adolescents? (Please use your knowledge of z-scores to answer this question.)
Make sure your response is in paragraph form (full sentences, appropriate grammar, punctuation, etc.). Typically 700 words.
Hamilton, M. A. X. (1967). Development of a rating scale for primary depressive illness. British Journal of Social and clinical psychology, 6(4), 278-296.
Zimmerman, M., Martinez, J. H., Young, D., Chelminski, I., & Dalrymple, K. (2013). Severity classification on the Hamilton depression rating scale. Journal of Affective Disorders, 150(2), 384-388.