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Evaluating short-form versions of the CES-D for measuring depressive symptoms among immigrants from Mexico.

Authors
Grzywacz-JG; Hovey-JD; Seligman-LD; Arcury-TA; Quandt-SA
Source
Hisp J Behav Sci 2006 Aug; 28(3):404-424
NIOSHTIC No.
20038330
Abstract
This article examines the feasibility of using a short-form version of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale (CES-D) in community mental health research with Mexican immigrants. Several features of three published short versions of the CES-D were examined using data combined from seven diverse Mexican immigrant samples from across the United States (N= 685). Results indicate that published short-form versions of the CES-D are reliable, they account for most of the variance in scores from the full CES-D, and there is little evidence that the use of short forms attenuates associations with other concepts relevant to understanding the mental health of Mexican immigrants. Although additional validation research is necessary, the results of this study suggest that short-form versions of the CES-D can be used to study mental health among Mexican immigrants.
Keywords
Agriculture; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Farmers; Mental-health; Statistical-analysis; Demographic-characteristics; Author Keywords: Mexicans; depressive symptoms; measurement; community research; immigrants
Contact
Joseph G. Grzywacz, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston- Salem, North Carolina 27157-1084
CODEN
HJBSEZ
Publication Date
20060801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
grzywacz@wfubmc.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2006
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R25-OH-007611; Grant-Number-R01-OH-013182
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0739-9863
Source Name
Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
State
NC
Performing Organization
Wake Forest University
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