A statistical analysis of the classification of depression in a mixed community and clinical sample.


Journal Article

Depressive symptoms in three samples are assessed using grade-of-membership analysis to clarify the distribution of depressive symptoms across traditional affective diagnoses. The technique is used to examine whether depressive symptoms and symptoms frequently associated with depressive disorders cluster into recognizable syndromes or pure types that parallel current operational diagnoses. Three hundred and ninety subjects were studied to address the question: among a mixed population with a range of depressive symptoms, will syndromes resembling endogenous depression and demoralization emerge from the range of presentation of depressive symptoms? A single pure type is nearly identical to the DSM-III classification of major depression with melancholia. No such pure type emerged that resembled demoralization.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Blazer, D; Woodbury, M; Hughes, DC; George, LK; Manton, KG; Bachar, JR; Fowler, N

Published Date

  • January 1989

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 11 - 20

PubMed ID

  • 2521645

Pubmed Central ID

  • 2521645

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0165-0327

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0165-0327(89)90049-9


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands