Psychometric properties of the DASS-21 in Malaysia

Mellor, David, Moore, Kate and Yeow, James 2009, Psychometric properties of the DASS-21 in Malaysia, in Building Asian families and communities in the 21st century : selected proceedings of the 2nd Asian Psychological Association Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June, 2008, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, pp.630-644.

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Title Psychometric properties of the DASS-21 in Malaysia
Author(s) Mellor, David
Moore, Kate
Yeow, James
Title of book Building Asian families and communities in the 21st century : selected proceedings of the 2nd Asian Psychological Association Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June, 2008
Editor(s) Jaafar, Jas Laile Suzana
McCarthy, Sherri
Publication date 2009
Chapter number 10
Total chapters 11
Start page 630
End page 644
Total pages 15
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Place of Publication Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Summary The use of scales to measure constructs in populations or contexts other than that in which they were normed is highly controversial. Despite this, the use of scales without reference to 'local' norms is still widespread. In this study we examine the reliability, factor structure and convergent validity of the short form of the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scales (DASS-21), in a convenience sample of 191 people recruited from the general population in Malaysia. Confirmatory factor analysis suggests that a three factor solution provides an acceptable fit, however these three factors are highly correlated. Scores on the depression, anxiety, and stress scales of the DASS-21 correlate with the BDI-II at only moderate levels, suggesting that convergent validity of the depression scale is weak, and that there are not differential relationships between the BDI-II and the three DASS scales. Issues related to the possible role of cultural factors in response patterns, and the need for a greater understanding of the manifestations of psychological distress and how it relates the DASS-21 scales in Malaysia are discussed.
ISBN 9781443813587
1443813583
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2009, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30029464

Document type: Book Chapter
Collection: School of Psychology
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