Using the center for epidemiologic studies depression scale to assess depression in women with HIV and women at risk for HIV: Are somatic items invariant?

Leah M. Adams, Tracey E. Wilson, Daniel Merenstein, Joel Milam, Jennifer Cohen, Elizabeth T. Golub, Adebola Adedimeji, Judith A. Cook

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Abstract

The prevalence of depression among women living with HIV/AIDS is elevated, compared with women in the general population and men diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Although symptoms of HIV may overlap with somatic symptoms of depression, little research has explored how well screening tools accurately assess depression rather than symptoms of HIV/AIDS among women. The present study examined the utility of a widely used tool for assessing depression symptoms among women living with HIV/AIDS. Data are from the Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), a multisite, longitudinal cohort study of women living with HIV/AIDS (n = 1,329) and seronegative women (n = 541) matched on key risk factors for HIV/AIDS. Confirmatory factor analysis-based measurement invariance tests of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) were conducted to determine whether women with HIV and those without HIV responded to the scale similarly. Results supported measurement invariance of CES-D scores. Findings suggest that the CES-D can be used to assess for burden of depression symptoms among women diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-105
Number of pages9
JournalPsychological Assessment
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Depression
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Measurement invariance
  • Somatic complaints
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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