Comparison between Clinician-Rated and Self-Reported Depressive Symptoms in Italian Psychiatric PatientsTondo L.a · Burrai C.a · Scamonatti L.a · Weissenburger J.b · Rush J.b
aUniversità degli Studi di Cagliari, Clinica Psichiatrica, Cagliari, Italia, and bDepartment of Psychiatry, Mental Health Clinical Research Center, University of Texas Health Science Center, Dallas, Tex., USA
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The Inventory for Depressive Symptomatology is a new scale for measuring depressive symptoms. The reliability, validity and correlations between self-report and clinician-rated versions of the scale were examined in 86 Italian psychiatric patients. Results confirmed the validity and internal consistency of the scales. Self-ratings and clinician ratings were highly correlated. Total score on the self-rating scale was generally higher than the corresponding clinician scale score. Item analysis revealed that most items were rated slightly higher by self-report, with the items contributing most to this discrepancy being psychomotor agitation and retardation, self-outlook, and irritable mood. Both quality of mood and psychomotor agitation were more frequently endorsed by self-report than by clinician rating.
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