International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 14 Num. 1 - March 2014


Further Evaluation of the Psychometric Properties of the Behavioral Activation for Depression Scale

Volume 14 Num. 1 - March 2014 - Pages 45-57


Miaoyun Li , Cody Ding , Jonathan W. Kanter , Qinghong Zeng , Dong Yang


The Behavioral Activation for Depression Scale (BADS), a four-factor (Activation, Aviodance/Rumination, Work/School impairment, and Social Impairment), 25-item scale, was to assess response contingent positive reinforcement (RCPR) that underlies the depression. So far, all the studies that examined its psychometric properties supported its usefulness in assessing RCPR in western culture. The purpose of the current study was to further evaluate psychometric properties of BADS that measures RCPR in a non-western culture. Based on a sample of 440 college participants from China, the results revealed that the four-factor of 25-item structure had a good fit to the data except for two items loaded differently from what was hypothesized. The data seemed to support BADS as a valid measure of RCPR and the results were discussed in the context of cultural differences.

Key words:

Depression, Behavioral Activation for Depression Scale, exploratory structural equation modeling, cultural difference

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