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Br J Psychiatry. 1978 Apr;132:381-5.

Validity of the Zung Self-rating Depression Scale.


The Zung Self-rating Depression Scale (ZSDS) correlated well (0.69) with the treating physician's global rating in 26 depressed out-patients during the six weeks of treatment with a tricyclic anti-depressant. In a larger sample of 41 patients, a high correlation was found between the ZSDS and the Hamilton Rating Scale. The sensitivity of the ZSDS was found to be adequate. The scale was able to differentiate, at the 0.05 level, four severity groups classified on the basis of the global rating. The importance of the direct relationship between the range of severity studied and the value of the correlation coefficient was discussed. Previous investigations and the results of this study indicate that the ZSDS is a valid and sensitive measure of clinical severity in depressed patients and support its continued use as a research instrument.

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