Screening for Depressive Disorders Using the Mood and Anxiety Symptoms Questionnaire Anhedonic Depression Scale: A Receiver-Operating Characteristic Analysis

Keith Bredemeier, Jeffery M. Spielberg, Rebecca Levin Silton, Howard Berenbaum, Wendy Heller, Gregory A. Miller

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Abstract

The present study examined the utility of the anhedonic depression scale from the Mood and Anxiety Symptoms Questionnaire (MASQ-AD scale) as a way to screen for depressive disorders. Using receiver-operating characteristic analysis, we examined the sensitivity and specificity of the full 22-item MASQ-AD scale, as well as the 8- and 14-item subscales, in relation to both current and lifetime Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed.) depressive disorder diagnoses in two nonpatient samples. As a means of comparison, the sensitivity and specificity of a measure of a relevant personality dimension, Neuroticism, was also examined. Results from both samples support the clinical utility of the MASQ-AD scale as a means of screening for depressive disorders. Findings were strongest for the MASQ-AD 8-item subscale and when predicting current depression status. Furthermore, the MASQ-AD 8-item subscale outperformed the Neuroticism measure under certain conditions. The overall usefulness of the MASQ-AD scale as a screening device is discussed, as are possible cutoff scores for use in research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)702-710
Number of pages9
JournalPsychological assessment
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010

Keywords

  • Anhedonic depression
  • Depressive disorders
  • Mood and Anxiety Symptoms Questionnaire
  • Receiver-operating characteristic analysis
  • Screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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