DSM-III major depressive disorder in the community. A latent class analysis of data from the NIMH Epidemiologic Catchment Area Programme

W. W. Eaton, A. Dryman, A. Sorenson, A. McCutcheon

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Abstract

The fit of the structure of DSM-III major depressive disorder to data from two large epidemiological surveys is assessed by latent class analysis. The surveys were conducted at the Baltimore and Raleigh-Durham sites of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Epidemiologic Catchment Area Program. Three classes are required to fit the data, and the third class bears a strong resemblance to major depressive disorder, although it requires slightly more symptoms to be present than DSM-III. The derived structure replicates successfully for Baltimore and Raleigh-Durham, with a prevalence of the major depression category of 0.9% for both sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-54
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Volume155
Issue numberJUL.
DOIs
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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