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Concurrent Validity Of The Depression And Anxiety Components In The Bahasa Malaysia Version Of The Depression Anxiety And Stress Scales (DASS).

Ramli Musa, Roszaman Ramli, Kartini Abdullah, Rosnani Sarkarsi


The Bahasa Malaysia (BM) version of Depression Anxiety Stress Scales 21-item (DASS-21) has been widely used ever since the establishment of its validity. To consolidate the evidence of the BM DASS-21 validity by examining its concurrent validity.

The BM DASS was administered together with the Hospital Anxiety and Depressive Scale (HADS) to a total of 246 patients at International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) Infertility Centre.

The anxiety domain of BM DASS-21 had good correlation with anxiety domain in HADS (0.61) but for DASS depressive domain, it had modest correlation with its respective domain in HADS (0.49).

The results of this study further ensconced the evidence that the BM DASS-21 had relatively satisfactory psychometric properties for clinical subjects in Malaysia. ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry, Vol.12(1), Jan - June 2011: XX XX.