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      Two shorter forms of the CES-D (Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression) depression symptoms index.

      Journal of aging and health

      Aged, Boston, epidemiology, Connecticut, Depression, diagnosis, Factor Analysis, Statistical, Female, Geriatric Assessment, Geriatric Psychiatry, Health Services Research, methods, Health Surveys, Humans, Iowa, Male, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, standards, Reproducibility of Results

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          Brief measurement devices can alleviate respondent burden and lower refusal rates in surveys. This article reports on a field test of two shorter forms of the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression (CES-D) symptoms index in a multisite survey of persons 65 and older. Factor analyses demonstrate that the briefer forms tap the same symptoms dimensions as does the original CES-D, and reliability statistics indicate that they sacrifice little precision. Simple transformations are presented to how scores from the briefer forms can be compared to those of the original.

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