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Psychometric Properties of the DASS-21 in Malaysia

Mellor, David, Moore, Kathleen and Yeow, James (2009). Psychometric Properties of the DASS-21 in Malaysia. In: Jaafar, Jas Laile Suzana and McCarthy, Sherri 2nd Asian Psychological Association Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 26 - 28 June 2008.

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IRMA ID 82058862xPUB16
Author Mellor, David
Moore, Kathleen
Yeow, James
Title Psychometric Properties of the DASS-21 in Malaysia
Conference Name 2nd Asian Psychological Association Conference
Conference Location Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Conference Dates 26 - 28 June 2008
Conference Publication Title Building Asian Families and Communities in the 21st Century - Selected Proceedings of the 2nd Asian Psychological Association Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June, 2008
Editor Jaafar, Jas Laile Suzana
McCarthy, Sherri
Place of Publication Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication Year 2009
ISBN 978-1-4438-1358-7   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 630
End Page 644
Total Pages 15
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract 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.
Additional Notes Paper is contained within Chapter 10 of the Proceedings
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