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Validity and Reliability of the Chinese Hamilton Depression Rating Scale

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2018

Michael Phillips
Affiliation:
Hunan Medical University, Changsha, Hunan, China
Jianbai Liu
Affiliation:
Hezhou City Psychiatric Hospital, Hezhou, Zhejlang, China
Minfang Cai
Affiliation:
Ganzhou District Psychiatric Hospital, Ganzhou, Jiangxi, China
Shengqi Sun
Affiliation:
Xiangxi Autonomous Area Psychiatric Hospital, Yongshun, Hunan, China
Miaofeng Huang
Affiliation:
Luoyang District Psychiatric Hospital, Luoyang, Henan, China

Abstract

The reliability and validity of the Chinese version of the 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (CHDS) was assessed. Interrater reliability was excellent, the item total-score correlations were good, and the internal reliability was satisfactory. The concurrent validity was tested by correlating the CHDS score with the Global Assessment Scale score; the strong negative correlation found indicated that the CHDS reflects the overall level of disability. Five distinct factors were generated by principle-component analysis; these factors account for 52.4% of the total variance. Rigorous evaluation of the numerous translated scales being used in clinical and research settings of non-Western countries is important.

Type
Research Article
Copyright
Copyright © Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1988 

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