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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology|
|State||Published - 2009|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Clinical Psychology