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


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.

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Copyright © Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1988 

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