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Factorial invariance of the DASS-21 among adolescents in four countries

Mellor, David, Vinet, Eugenia V., Xu, Xiaoyan, Hidayah Bt Mamat, Norul, Richardson, Ben and Román, Francisca 2015, Factorial invariance of the DASS-21 among adolescents in four countries, European journal of psychological assessment, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 138-142, doi: 10.1027/1015-5759/a000218.

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Title Factorial invariance of the DASS-21 among adolescents in four countries
Author(s) Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David orcid.org/0000-0001-5007-5906
Vinet, Eugenia V.
Xu, Xiaoyan
Hidayah Bt Mamat, Norul
Richardson, Ben
Román, Francisca
Journal name European journal of psychological assessment
Volume number 31
Issue number 2
Start page 138
End page 142
Total pages 5
Publisher Hogrefe Publishing
Place of publication Boston, Mass.
Publication date 2015-05
ISSN 1015-5759
2151-2426
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Psychology, Applied
Psychology
DASS-21
adolescents
depression
anxiety
stress
Australia
Chile
China
Malaysia
ANXIETY-STRESS SCALES
PSYCHOMETRIC PROPERTIES
COMMUNITY SAMPLE
SHORT VERSION
FIT INDEXES
Summary The use of scales to measure constructs in populations or contexts other than that in which they were established is highly controversial. Despite this, the use of scales without reference to "local" psychometric data is still widespread. In this study we examined the factor structure of the short 21-item form of the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scales (DASS-21), when it was applied to adolescent samples recruited from high schools in Australia (N = 371), Chile (N = 448), China (N = 558), and Malaysia (N = 388). Multigroup confirmatory factor analyses revealed that the purported three-factor structure of the DASS-21 was supported in each location with structural invariance across locations. While convergent and divergent validity studies are required to support this finding, the DASS-21 appears to be suitable for use with adolescents in these locations.
Language eng
DOI 10.1027/1015-5759/a000218
Field of Research 1701 Psychology
1503 Business And Management
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Hogrefe Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30076527

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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