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The factor structure of the Edinburgh postnatal depression scale in a South African peri-urban settlement

De Bruin, G.P., Swartz, L., Tomlinson, M., Cooper, P.J. and Molteno, C. (2004) The factor structure of the Edinburgh postnatal depression scale in a South African peri-urban settlement. South African Journal of Psychology, 34 (1). pp. 113-121. ISSN 0081-2463

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Abstract/Summary

The factor structure of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression scale (EPDS) and similar instruments have received little attention in the literature. The researchers set out to investigate the construct validity and reliability of the EPDS amongst impoverished South African women. The EPDS was translated into isiXhosa (using Brislin's back translation method) and administered by trained interviewers to 147 women in Khayelitsha, South Africa. Responses were subjected to maximum likelihood confirmatory factor analysis. A single factor structure was found, consistent with the theory on which the EPDS was based. Internal consistency was satisfactory (a = 0.89).

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Winnicott
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences
ID Code:14088

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