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Investigation of a brief measure of psychological distress : factor and confirmatory analyses in psychiatric and collegiate samples.

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dc.contributor.advisor Elkins, Gary Ray, 1952-
dc.contributor.author Johnson, Aimee K.
dc.date.copyright 2012-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2104/8550
dc.description.abstract With increasing costs and utilization of health care services in primary care, and evidence for gross under-diagnosis of acute psychological distress, a brief screening measure that includes the most salient constructs of psychological distress: depression, anxiety, hopelessness and anger, is critically needed. Such a scale may identify psychological distress without increasing the administration burden of the patient or professional and provide medical clinicians with a practical instrument that could identify patients who may require additional psychological evaluation and facilitate discussion. This paper represents the findings of an investigation into a new measure which was initially constructed in a clinical sample, and cross-validated in a college sample and psychiatric sample. Item analyses, correlations of convergent and divergent validity, and confirmatory analyses suggest that this scale has potential as a reliable and valid clinical tool in psychiatric and collegiate populations to implement as a brief screening measure of psychological distress. en_US
dc.publisher en
dc.rights Baylor University theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact librarywebmaster@baylor.edu for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject Psychological distress. en_US
dc.title Investigation of a brief measure of psychological distress : factor and confirmatory analyses in psychiatric and collegiate samples. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree M.A. en_US
dc.rights.accessrights Worldwide access. en_US
dc.rights.accessrights Access changed 1/14/14.
dc.contributor.department Psychology and Neuroscience. en_US
dc.contributor.schools Baylor University. Dept. of Psychology and Neuroscience. en_US


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