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Correspondence between self-ratings and key-workers' ratings of depression in adults with mild learning disabilities

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Gordon, Michael, Shevlin, Mark, Tierney, Kevin J., Bunting, Brendan and Trimble, Timothy (2007) Correspondence between self-ratings and key-workers' ratings of depression in adults with mild learning disabilities. BRITISH JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 46 (Part 4). pp. 491-495. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1348/014466507X194373

Abstract

Objective. This study assessed the association between self-ratings and key-worker ratings of depression in people with mild learning disabilities. Method. The Zung Depression Scale was completed by 74 adults with mild learning disabilities and a modified version of the questionnaire was completed by two key-workers at two periods in time. Results. The correlations between ratings of depression by key-workers were high and key-worker ratings correlated significantly with self-rating. The depression scores were found to be temporally stable. Conclusions. The findings suggest that proxy raters appear to be able to make reliable and valid judgements about other people's self-reported levels of depression.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute
Psychology Research Institute > The Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing
Psychology Research Institute > Health and Wellbeing
ID Code:1858
Deposited By:Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:14 Dec 2009 14:29
Last Modified:09 Apr 2014 16:54

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