Validation of the geriatric depression scale in an elder Mexican American ambulatory population: A pilot study

David V. Espino, Miguel A. Bedolla, Martha Perez, F. M. Baker

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to validate the usefulness of the 30-item Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) in an elder Mexican American population. In this study, community-based Mexican Americans over age 65 were evaluated using a cross-translated version of the GDS as compared to a bilingual psychiatric evaluation. Using a cutpoint of 11 or greater as indicative of depression, the GDS was sensitive (0.80), yet lacked specificity (0.61). Also, the structure yielded distinct differences in the Mexican American elder sample. These results indicate: (1) the GDS may have limited usefulness in screening for depression among Mexican American elders and (2) there may be basic differences in how Mexican American elders present with depression/dysphoria.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-67
Number of pages13
JournalClinical Gerontologist
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 10 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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