Psychometric Properties of Responses to an Arabic Version of the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D6)

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Among existing instruments, the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale has become the gold standard for assessing depressive symptoms. An Arabic version of this instrument is lacking. OBJECTIVE: This study examines the psychometric properties of responses to an abridged Arabic version of the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D6). DESIGN: A total of 125 Bedouin Arabs completed a questionnaire consisting of the HAM-D6 and other Well-Being measures. The HAM-D6 was assessed using confirmatory factor analysis. Concurrent validity was also examined. RESULTS: Responses to the HAM-D6 suggest that this instrument measures a unidimensional construct with each of the scales’ six items contributing significantly to the measurement. Concurrent validity was established by the scale’s negative association with well-being and positive associations with emotional exhaustion and caregiving burden. CONCLUSION: The findings suggest that this abridged Arabic version of the HAM-D6 is appropriate for use for evaluating depressive symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-30
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Arabic
  • Hamilton Depression Rating Scale
  • depression
  • psychometric properties
  • validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatric Mental Health

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