Journal article

Evaluation of Modified Patient Health Questionnaire-9 Teen in South African Adolescents

Shilpa Aggarwal, Lian Taljard, Zane Wilson, Michael Berk

INDIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2017

Abstract

BACKGROUND: This report describes the findings of the survey conducted by South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) in a cohort of disadvantaged South African adolescent scholars in which PHQ-9 teen version was modified and adapted (PHQ-9M) to improve the response rate. METHOD: PHQ-9M was administered to 2025 secondary students of 35 schools over 2 years in Gauteng Province, South Africa. RESULTS: The mean age was 15.8 years. 23% of respondents scored 9 or above, 26.7% reported suicidal ideations in last month, 21.8% reported lifetime suicide attempts and 9.3% had severe functional impairment. PHQ-9M showed a fair internal consistency and face validity in this study. CONCLUSION: The..

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