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An examination of the children's depression inventory in a clinical sample


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George, Tina 2010 , 'An examination of the children's depression inventory in a clinical sample', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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There has been an increased awareness of the existence of depression in children and
adolescents and an understanding of its effects. As a result, many studies have
focused on this area in terms of understanding its aetiology, developing effective
treatments, and developing effective assessment measures. A popular method of
assessment is the self-report measure. Specifically, one of the most widely used
measures for the screening of depression is the Children's Depression Inventory
(CDI). On the whole, the internal consistency, test-retest reliability, discriminative
validity, predictive validity, and the concurrent validity of the CDI have been found
to be acceptable to good. However, the construct validity of the measure, as assessed
by exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), is
more contentious. EFA studies conducted in both normative and clinical samples
have reported different factor models to the original factor model. CFA studies have
only been conducted in normative samples, and have found a poor fit for the original
factor model. The need for more research, especially studies that utilise the
confirmatory factor approach, is highlighted. Specifically, the importance of adding
to the CDI literature with reference to clinical samples is emphasised.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:George, Tina
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Available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (MPsych(Clin))--University of Tasmania, 2011. Includes bibliographical references

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