The Depression-Happiness Scale: reliability and validity of a bipolar self-report scale

Stephen Joseph, Christopher Alan Lewis

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Abstract

This article reports two studies aimed at validating the 25-item self- report McGreal and Joseph (1993) Depression-Happiness Scale (D-H S). In the first study, principal component data are reported on the D-H S with 194 respondents. A forced 1-factor solution confirmed the unidimensionality of the scale (item loadings ranged from .38 to .77) and thus the feasibility of a statistically bipolar measure. In the second study, data on the convergent validity of the D-H S with the Beck Depression Inventory (r = -.75) and the Oxford Happiness Inventory (r = .59) with 100 respondents are reported confirming the construct validity of the scale. Implications for research in social and clinical psychology are discussed along with the possible uses of the D-H S in a clinical setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-544
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Volume54
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 1998
Externally publishedYes

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