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Depression anxiety stress scale: Is it valid for children and adolescents?


Patrick, J and Dyck, M and Bramston, P, Depression anxiety stress scale: Is it valid for children and adolescents?, Journal of Clinical Psychology, 66, (1) pp. 1-12. ISSN 0021-9762 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/jclp.20696


The Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (Lovibond & Lovibond, 1995) is used to assess the severity of symptoms in child and adolescent samples although its validity in these populations has not been demonstrated. The authors assessed the latent structure of the 21-item version of the scale in samples of 425 and 285 children and adolescents on two occasions, one year apart. On each occasion, parallel analyses suggested that only one component should be extracted, indicating that the test does not differentiate depression, anxiety, and stress in children and adolescents. The results provide additional evidence that adult models of depression do not describe the experience of depression in children and adolescents.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Health economics
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health outcomes
UTAS Author:Patrick, J (Dr Jeff Patrick)
ID Code:75481
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2012-01-31
Last Modified:2014-11-07

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