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Mil Med. 2014 Aug;179(8):879-84. doi: 10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00048.

Psychometric properties of the Beck Depression Inventory-II for OEF/OIF veterans in a polytrauma sample.

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Department of Psychology, St. Cloud VA Health Care System, 4801 Veterans Drive, EC-117; St. Cloud, MN 56303.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II) is widely used as a screening instrument for depressive symptomatology in clinical settings. The factor structure has been researched in a variety of settings with results ranging from a single factor to a five-factor structure. The purpose of this study was to examine several identified factor structures when applied to a mixed polytrauma sample.

METHOD:

A sample of 310 veterans was used for this study. All subjects were administered the BDI-II screening measure as part of an evaluation in an outpatient polytrauma clinic. Confirmatory factor analysis was used to determine the best model.

RESULTS:

Confirmatory factor analysis revealed that a three-factor model provided a best fit. A model previously identified for individuals in residential treatment for substance abuse provided a best fit for this sample.

CONCLUSIONS:

The BDI-II may provide additional information for clinicians when examining the three-factor model with veterans in polytrauma settings.

PMID:
25102530
DOI:
10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00048
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