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Temas em Psicologia

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BORGES, Lisandra; BAPTISTA, Makilim Nunes  and  SERPA, Alexandre Luiz de Oliveira. Structural analysis of depression indicators scale-children and adolescents (BAID-IJ): a bifactor-ESEM approach. Temas psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.25, n.2, pp. 545-552. ISSN 1413-389X.

Depression in children and adolescents has reached alarming levels, evidencing an ever-greater need for early diagnosis of the disorder. Depression is a construct closely related to other indicators and the broad track of symptoms. The Depression Indicator Assessment Battery was developed to measure the core symptoms of depression, loneliness, helplessness, self-esteem and self-concept. Participants were 976 children and adolescents, aged 8-18 years. The data was collect from two public schools and from public mental health care services in Brazil. The internal structure was studied with the comparison of six different exploratory and confirmatory models, each one nest different assumptions. The comparison of models indicated that a latent bifactor explanatory structural equation model better explains the variance of data. The latent structure expected for the battery was confirmed, taking in account the complexity of measure correlated constructs, linking the theory to the measure.

Keywords : Psychometric; psychological assessment; childhood depression.

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