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August 1966

Fourteen Brief Depression Adjective Checklists

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Research and Training, Indiana Department of Mental Health and Indiana University Medical School, Indianapolis.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(2):205-208. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730140093015

A RECENT article1 described the development and characteristics of seven selfadministering adjective checklists for the measurement of depression. Split-half reliability coefficients for all lists were 0.82 and above. The smallest intercorrelation among the seven lists was 0.82. F tests among groups (normals, nondepressed patients, and depressed patients) were significant at less than the 0.0005 level for all lists. The means of groups increased progressively from normals through nondepressed patients to depressed patients. All t-test comparisons among groups on all lists were significant for females. Normal males did not differ significantly from nondepressed male patients on lists A, B, C, or D.

Although the seven lists are brief (A, B, C, D each consists of 32 adjectives, and E, F, G each consists of 34 adjectives), some situations might require even briefer lists, especially when a battery of tests is to be employed.

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