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Br J Psychiatry. 1999 Nov;175:452-4.

Validation of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale for use with adolescents.

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  • 1Wakefield and Pontefract Community Health NHS Trust, QED Department.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), developed for use with adults, has potential with adolescents.

AIMS:

To test the HADS's validity with adolescents.

METHOD:

The HADS was given to 248 schoolchildren and to 48 psychiatric out-patients and 38 deliberate self-harm in-patients aged 12-17, and validated against ICD-10 diagnoses for the out-patients.

RESULTS:

The HADS has adequate test-retest reliability and factor structure, and discriminates between adolescents diagnosed with depressive or anxiety disorders and those without these diagnoses.

CONCLUSIONS:

The psychometric properties of the HADS and its shortness make it useful for screening and in clinical settings with adolescents.

PMID:
10789277
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