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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
ISSN: 1394-195X
Vol. 11, No. 2, 2004, pp. 19-25
Bioline Code: mj04016
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2004, pp. 19-25

 en ANALYSIS OF THE PSYCHOMETRIC PROPERTIES OF THE MALAY VERSION OF BECK DEPRESSION INVENTORY II (BDI-II) AMONG POSTPARTUM WOMEN IN KEDAH, NORTH WEST OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA
Wan Mohd Rushidi Wan Mahmud, Amir Awang, Iran Herman, Mahmood Nazar Mohamed

Abstract

Increased international collaboration in clinical trials has created a need for cross culturally valid instruments to assess the quality of life and behavioural disorders. Cross cultural studies of depressive symptomatology, in particular, must be preceded by an exhaustive study of the psychometric properties of the instruments to ensure the validity of the comparison. In this article, we examined the validity, reliability and factor structure of the Malay version of the Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II) among Malay postpartum women attending selected health centres in Kedah, North West of Peninsular Malaysia. Our findings indicated that the current version of the BDI-II is psychometrically strong and appropriate for use in assessing depressive symptomatology among this group of women.

Keywords
BDI-II; validation, psychometric evaluation, postpartum women.

 
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