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ERIC Number: EJ852492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9630
The Latent Structure of Child Depression: A Taxometric Analysis
Richey, J. Anthony; Schmidt, Norman B.; Lonigan, Christopher J.; Phillips, Beth M.; Catanzaro, Salvatore J.; Laurent, Jeff; Gerhardstein, Rebecca R.; Kotov, Roman
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, v50 n9 p1147-1155 Sep 2009
Background: The current study examined the categorical versus continuous nature of child and adolescent depression among three samples of children and adolescents ranging from 5 to 19 years. Methods: Depression was measured using the Children's Depression Inventory (CDI). Indicators derived from the CDI were based on factor analytic research on the CDI and included indices of: 1) social withdrawal, 2) anhedonia, 3) incompetence/maladjustment and 4) negative self-esteem. Results: Taxometric procedures provided convergent support for the existence of a latent taxon across three independent samples. Internal and external consistency tests as well as Monte Carlo simulations supported the validity of the results. Conclusions: Multiple nonredundant procedures and samples were all consistently indicative of taxonicity in child depression.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Childrens Depression Inventory