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The Sanity Score is the brainchild of Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D., publisher and founder of Psych Central. It began in 2005 when, based upon years worth of feedback from his readers, he set out to create a valid but easy-to-use online mental health screening measure that would help people assess how emotionally healthy they were.

The Sanity Score's development in 2005 and 2006 came from using discriminate analysis from the existing set of online tests published by Psych Central to find items that would work well and maintained their validity as subscales within the new test. Psych Central intends to publish the psychometric properties of the Sanity Score in a peer-reviewed journal when anonymized data-collection for this phase is completed in 2008.

The Sanity Score launched in beta format on May 1, 2007 in large part to start data collection to validate the instrument and publish it in a final form in 2008. Until that time, the Sanity Score service should be used understanding that it is a work in progress that will be refined over time.

What Does the Sanity Score Actually Mean?

The Sanity Score that is derived as a result of taking the test doesn't mean anything (just as IQ doesn't mean anything in the real world, but we place meaning upon it). It is merely a numerical expression of one's overall emotional health, life stressors, and other factors that contribute to its creation.

As of September 2007, Sanity Scores above 150 indicate significant distress in a person's life, and strongly indicate that person should be seeking further professional assistance for their concerns. Scores under 50 indicate a person with little distress or mental health issues in their lives. Scores in-between 50 and 150 indicate an increasing amount of overall, general distress.

If you'd like to learn more about the publisher of the Sanity Score, please review the information at Psych Central. Thank you and we hope you enjoy this service.