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Translation, validation and psychometric properties of Bahasa Malaysia version of the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scales (DASS)

Musa, Ramli and Fadzil, Mohd Ariff and Zain, Zaini (2007) Translation, validation and psychometric properties of Bahasa Malaysia version of the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scales (DASS). ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry, 8 (2). pp. 82-89. ISSN 2231-7791 (O), 1876-2018 (P)

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Abstract

Background: Up to date, there are handful questionnaires that have been validated in Bahasa Malaysia (BM). This study aimed to translate the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales 21-item (DASS-21) and measure its psychometric properties. Objectives: To determine the construct validity and acceptability of the DASS, BM. Methods: Two forward and backward translations were done in BM in accordance to guideline, and its validation was determined by using confirmatory factor analysis. A total of 263 subjects were selected by systematic random sampling to represent Malaysian population for reliability and validity purposes. Results: The BM DASS-21 had very good Cronbach’s alpha values of .84, .74 and .79, respectively, for depression, anxiety and stress. In addition, it had good factor loading values for most items (.39 to .73). Correlations among scales were between .54 and .68. Conclusions: BM DASS-21 is correctly and adequately translated to Bahasa Malaysia with high psychometric properties. Further studies are required to support these findings. Key words: depression, anxiety, stress, reliability, validity, Bahasa Malaysia.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 5818/4004
Uncontrolled Keywords: depression, anxiety, stress, reliability, validity, Bahasa Malaysia
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF712 Developmental psychology
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Psychiatry
Depositing User: Associate Ramli Musa
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2013 06:59
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2013 06:59
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/4004

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