FACTORIAL VALIDITY AND RELIABILITY OF THE SIMPLIFIED-CHINESE VERSION OF SNAITHHAMILTON PLEASURE SCALE: A STUDY AMONG DEPRESSED PATIENTS AT AN OUT-PATIENT CLINIC IN MALAYSIA
Anne Yee, Huai Seng Loh, Chong Guan Ng
Objective: The Snaith-Hamilton Pleasure Scale (SHAPS) is a self-assessment scale designed to evaluate anhedonia in various psychiatric disorders. To facilitate its use in Malaysian settings, our current study aimed to examine the validity of the Simplified-Chinese translated version of the SHAPS (SHAPS-SC) in a group of subjects at a university outpatient clinic. Method: A total of 40 depressed patients were recruited in this cross-sectional study. They were given both the Simplified Chinese and Malay versions of SHAPS, General Health Questionnaire 12 (GHQ-12), and Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) to assess their hedonic state, general mental health condition, and level of depression. Results: Our study showed that SHAPS-SC had impressive internal consistency (Cronbach’s alpha 0.84) and concurrent validity, and fair parallel-forms reliability (Pearson’s correlation 0.39). Conclusion: SHAPS-SC demonstrated good psychometric properties in the evaluation of a hedonic state among a group of Chinese-speaking depressed patients in an out-patient setting. It is easy to administer and suitable as a valid and reliable questionnaire in assessing anhedonia among depressed patients in Malaysia.