The Children's Depression Inventory as a reliable measure for post-Iraqi invasion Kuwaiti youth

Eisa M. Al-Balhan1
1Department of Educational Psychology, Kuwait University, Kuwait
Cite this article:  Al-Balhan, E. M. (2006). The Children's Depression Inventory as a reliable measure for post-Iraqi invasion Kuwaiti youth. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 34(4), 351-366.

Volume 34 Issue 4 | e1480 | Published: May 2006 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2006.34.4.351

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In this study we examined the reliability of the Children’s Depression Inventory (CDI, in Arabic form Kovacs, 1980) among elementary, middle, and high school students in Kuwait. The participants (N = 2,299, ages 9-17) were selected from 6 districts across Kuwait. Children completed the CDI as a depression measurement tool with respect to gender and age. The overall alpha reliability coefficient for the CDI is 0.85. Girls attained higher and statistically more significant mean scores than did their male counterparts. The results indicate that the CDI shows reliability and internal consistency for use in Kuwait as a measure of childhood depression.

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