The Dysfunctional Attitudes scale: Psychometric properties in depressed adolescents

Gregory M. Rogers, Jong Hyo Park, Marilyn J. Essex, Marjorie H. Klein, Susan G. Silva, Rick H. Hoyle, John F. Curry, Norah C. Feeny, Betsy Kennard, Christopher J. Kratochvil, Sanjeev Pathak, Mark A. Reinecke, David R. Rosenberg, Elizabeth B. Weller, John S. March

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The psychometric properties and factor structure of the Dysfunctional Attitudes Scale were examined in a sample of 422 male and female adolescents (ages 12-17) with current major depressive disorder. The scale demonstrated high internal consistency (α=.93) and correlated significantly with self-report and interview-based measures of depression. Confirmatory factor analysis indicated that a correlated 2-factor model, with scales corresponding to perfectionism and need for social approval, provided a satisfactory fit to the data. The goodness-of-fit was equivalent across sexes and age groups. The findings support the use of the Dysfunctional Attitudes Scale and its subscales in the assessment of clinically depressed adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)781-789
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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