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Internet administration of the Edinburgh Depression Scale.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17689667     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
BACKGROUND: Internet-based screening for depression is becoming increasingly important. The aim of this study is to validate the Edinburgh Depression Scale (EDS) for internet administration. METHODS: In 407 participants (64% women; 36% men) with subthreshold depression (mean age=55 years; S.D.=4.9) positive predictive values for a syndromal CIDI diagnosis of clinical depression were calculated and compared to those from paper and pencil validation studies. At one-year follow-up, internal consistency and convergent validity of the internet-based EDS were determined in 177 participants by Cronbach's alpha and correlations with the internet-administered BDI and SCL-90 subscales depression and anxiety. RESULTS: Positive predictive values ranged between 29% and 33% at cut-off scores of 12 to 14. Cronbach's alpha for the internet-administered EDS was 0.87. The EDS correlated significantly with the internet-administered BDI (r=.75; p<.001) and two internet-administered subscales of the SCL-90: depression (r=.77; p<.001) and anxiety (r=.72; p<.001). A major limitation is that the study was conducted without a control group of healthy subjects. CONCLUSION: The psychometric properties of the internet-administered EDS are comparable to those of the paper and pencil EDS.
Authors:
Viola Spek; Ivan Nyklícek; Pim Cuijpers; Victor Pop
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-08-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of affective disorders     Volume:  106     ISSN:  0165-0327     ISO Abbreviation:  J Affect Disord     Publication Date:  2008 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-01-21     Completed Date:  2008-04-17     Revised Date:  2009-09-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7906073     Medline TA:  J Affect Disord     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  301-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Tilburg University, PO Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands. v.r.m.spek@uvt.nl
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis
Cognitive Therapy / methods
Depressive Disorder / diagnosis*,  therapy
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
Female
Follow-Up Studies
Humans
Internet / statistics & numerical data,  utilization*
Male
Mass Screening / methods
Middle Aged
Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data
Predictive Value of Tests
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales / statistics & numerical data
Psychometrics
Questionnaires*
Reproducibility of Results
Self Care / methods

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