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

journal contribution
posted on 01.05.2015, 00:00 authored by David MellorDavid Mellor, E V Vinet, X Xu, N Hidayah Bt Mamat, Ben Richardson, F Román
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.

History

Journal

European journal of psychological assessment

Volume

31

Issue

2

Pagination

138 - 142

Publisher

Hogrefe Publishing

Location

Boston, Mass.

ISSN

1015-5759

eISSN

2151-2426

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2015, Hogrefe Publishing