ERIC Number: EJ730045
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Development and Validation of a Depression Scale for Asian Adolescents
Woo, Bernardine S. C.; Chang, W. C.; Fung, Daniel S. S.; Koh, Jessie B. K.; Leong, Joyce S. F.; Kee, Carolyn H. Y.; Seah, Cheryl K. F.
Journal of Adolescence, v27 n6 p677-689 Dec 2004
Items covering both core and culture-specific facets of depression were generated based on literature review and clinical experience. They were modified following focus group discussions with depressed adolescents and adolescents in the community. The newly constructed Asian Adolescent Depression Scale (AADS) was administered to a clinical and a community sample of adolescents together with other rating scales. The AADS comprised 4 factors (negative self-evaluation, negative affect, cognitive inefficiency and lack of motivation) and demonstrated sound psychometric properties. Negative socially oriented self-evaluation and cognitive inefficiency were important in Singaporean adolescents' conceptualization of depression and are likely to be Asian culture-specific dimensions.
Descriptors: Depression (Psychology), Literature Reviews, Clinical Experience, Adolescents, Rating Scales, Psychometrics, Focus Groups, Validity
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