ERIC Number: EJ724042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
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Brief Report: The Factor Structure of Mood States in an Early Adolescent Sample
Duffy, Christopher J.; Cunningham, Everarda G.; Moore, Susan M.
Journal of Adolescence, v28 n5 p677-680 Oct 2005
The purpose of this study was to examine the structure of negative mood states among young adolescents. Students (N=216) aged 11-15 years from a secondary school in Melbourne, Australia, completed the Depression, Anxiety, Stress Scales (DASS) [Lovibond, S. H., & Lovibond, P. F. (1996). "Depression anxiety stress scales." Sydney: The Psychology Foundation of Australia Inc.]. Confirmatory factor analyses (CFA) failed to find support for a three-factor model. Further analyses suggested that items from the DASS were best represented by two factors, namely a generalized negativity factor and a factor comprising items indicating physiological arousal.
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, Secondary School Students, Depression (Psychology), Anxiety, Factor Structure, Factor Analysis, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia