Journal article

A factor analytic investigation of the Tripartite model of affect in a clinical sample of young Australians

Joe A Buckby, Sue M Cotton, Elizabeth M Cosgrave, Eoin J Killackey, Alison R Yung

BMC PSYCHIATRY | BMC | Published : 2008


BACKGROUND: The Mood and Anxiety Symptom Questionnaire (MASQ) was designed to specifically measure the Tripartite model of affect and is proposed to offer a delineation between the core components of anxiety and depression. Factor analytic data from adult clinical samples has shown mixed results; however no studies employing confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) have supported the predicted structure of distinct Depression, Anxiety and General Distress factors. The Tripartite model has not been validated in a clinical sample of older adolescents and young adults. The aim of the present study was to examine the validity of the Tripartite model using scale-level data from the MASQ and correlation..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank Carrie Stanford and Katherine Godfrey for assistance with data collection. We also wish to thank Professor Andrew Mackinnon for his review of the draft. This study was made possible, in part, due to a generous donation to ORYGEN Research Centre by the Colonial Foundation.