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

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Patrick, Jeff, Dyck, Murray and Bramston, Paul. 2010. "Depression anxiety stress scale: is it valid for children and adolescents?" Journal of Clinical Psychology. 66 (9), pp. 996-1007. https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.20696
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Depression anxiety stress scale: is it valid for children and adolescents?

ERA Journal ID6371
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsPatrick, Jeff (Author), Dyck, Murray (Author) and Bramston, Paul (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Clinical Psychology
Journal Citation66 (9), pp. 996-1007
Number of Pages12
Year2010
Place of PublicationHoboken, NJ. United States
ISSN0021-9762
1077-2413
1097-4679
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.20696
Abstract

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.

KeywordsDepression Anxiety Stress Scale; stress; adolescents; children
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520105. Psychological methodology, design and analysis
520399. Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified
420313. Mental health services
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