The dysfunctional attitudes scale: psychometric properties in depressed adolescents.


Journal Article

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 (alpha = .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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rogers, GM; Park, J-H; Essex, MJ; Klein, MH; Silva, SG; Hoyle, RH; Curry, JF; Feeny, NC; Kennard, B; Kratochvil, CJ; Pathak, S; Reinecke, MA; Rosenberg, DR; Weller, EB; March, JS

Published Date

  • November 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 781 - 789

PubMed ID

  • 20183662

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20183662

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1537-4424

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/15374410903259007


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England