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An Arabic validation of a depression inventory.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  4077428     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The present study describes an Arabic cross-cultural validation of the Beck Depression Inventory. An Arab sample of 53 cases was subjected to the original validation procedures which involved a preliminary exercise and a translation from English to Arabic. Acceptable equivalent meanings of Beck's depth-of-depression criteria were established by the Arab clinicians so that independent and valid clinical ratings could be made. Statistical analyses of the internal consistency and stability of the Arabic-BDI indicated a high degree of reliability. Correlations between Arabic-BDI scores and Arab clinicians' ratings indicated a high degree of validity. The results of the cross-cultural validation study agree favorably with those of the original American validation. Although the Arabic inventory makes possible an assessment of the level and intensity of a reactive type depression suffered by Saudi Arab psychiatric outpatients living in the Eastern Province, it must be adapted dialectically for other Arab-speaking regions.
J West
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of social psychiatry     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0020-7640     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Soc Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1985  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-02-12     Completed Date:  1986-02-12     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0374726     Medline TA:  Int J Soc Psychiatry     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  282-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cultural Characteristics*
Depressive Disorder / diagnosis*
Middle Aged
Personality Inventory*
Saudi Arabia

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