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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Latent Structure Of Depression In The Elderly: A Taxometric Analysis
Author: Eulalio
Maria do Carmo; de Andrade
Thiago Francisco; Pimenteira de Melo
Romulo Lustosa; Neri
Anita Liberalesso
Abstract: This study aimed to investigate the latent structure of depression with a non-clinical sample of elderly, using taxometric analysis. The latter consists of a family of statistical procedures conceived for testing whether a given psychological construct is best represented by categories or dimensions in which individuals vary. The sample consisted of 570 elderly with a mean age of 71.9 years (SD = 7.45), who answered the Brazilian version of the Geriatric Depression Scale, a cognitive test, and demographic questions. Three taxometric procedures were used: Mean Above Minus Below A Cut (MAMBAC), Maximum Eigenvalue (MAXEIG), and Latent Mode (L-mode). Sets of simulated categorical and dimensional data, along with the comparison curve fit indices (CCFI), oriented the study data's interpretation. The results with the three techniques pointed to a better fit with the dimensional format as opposed to the taxonic one, that is, depression represented better as a syndrome in which subjects are distributed along a continuum rather than as a discrete diagnostic entity.
Subject: 2 Quantitative Indicators
Alcohol-use Disorders
Mini-mental-state
Detecting Taxonicity
Dsm-iv
Scale
Psychopathy
Population
Inventory
Sample
Country: RIO DE JANIERO
Editor: CADERNOS SAUDE PUBLICA
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1590/0102-311X00028914
Address: http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0102-311X2015000300555&lng=pt&nrm=iso&tlng=en
Date Issue: 2015
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