Computing and Library Services - delivering an inspiring information environment

The Brief Depression Scale - reliability and validity of a new self-rating depression scale

Lynch, Sean, Curran, Stephen, Montgomery, S., Clarkson, P., Suresh, R. and Edwards, R. (2000) The Brief Depression Scale - reliability and validity of a new self-rating depression scale. Primary Care Psychiatry, 6 (3). pp. 111-118. ISSN 13552570

Metadata only available from this repository.


A new, ten-item, self-rated depression scale, the Brief Depression Scale (BDS), was validated in 275 psychiatric in-patients and out-patients with depressive illness and anxiety disorders and a non-clinical sample of 50 subjects. The BDS showed satisfactory convergence with the interview rated Montgomery Åsberg Depression Rating Scale (rs = 0.72 and p < 0.001) and Hamilton Depression Rating Scales (rs = 0.70 and p < 0.001) and with the depression subscale of the self-rated Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (rs = 0.89 and p < 0.0001). The BDS had satisfactory internal consistency with a Cronbach's a-value of 0.86. The construct validity of the scale was assessed by principal components analysis and a two-factor solution was found in the clinical sample which explained 54% of the variance in the BDS total score. The sensitivity of the scale to clinical change in patients treated over an 8 week period was found to be satisfactory (as judged by the biserial correlation coefficient of change in BDS score with changes in other depression measures). The BDS had a sensitivity of 87% and specificity of 90% at a cut-off score of 19. The BDS is a brief, reliable and valid measure which may be useful in primary and secondary care settings as both a screening and outcome measure for depression

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
Related URLs:
Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2008 08:36
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 10:41


Downloads per month over past year

Repository Staff Only: item control page

View Item View Item

University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH Copyright and Disclaimer All rights reserved ©