Exploratory and confirmatory factor validation of the Dysfunctional Attitude Scale for Malays (DAS-Malay) in Malaysia

Mukhtar, Firdaus and Oei, Tian P. S. (2010) Exploratory and confirmatory factor validation of the Dysfunctional Attitude Scale for Malays (DAS-Malay) in Malaysia. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 3 3: 145-151. doi:10.1016/j.ajp.2010.07.007


Author Mukhtar, Firdaus
Oei, Tian P. S.
Title Exploratory and confirmatory factor validation of the Dysfunctional Attitude Scale for Malays (DAS-Malay) in Malaysia
Journal name Asian Journal of Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1876-2018
1876-2026
Publication date 2010-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ajp.2010.07.007
Open Access Status
Volume 3
Issue 3
Start page 145
End page 151
Total pages 7
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract The aim of this study was to investigate the factor structure of the Malay version of the Dysfunctional Attitude Scale (DAS-Malay) in clinical and nonclinical populations. The DAS is a self-report inventory derived from Beck's cognitive theory of depression to measure beliefs constituting a predisposition to depression. The 40-item DAS-Malay was completed by 315 university students, 495 members of the general community, 167 medical patients, and 113 patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder. Through principal axis factoring, with varimax rotation, two factors were extracted; performance evaluation and self-control. Correlation with depression and other variables indicated that the DAS-Malay held good concurrent validity. In addition, sensitivity and specificity of the total scores of the DAS were evident in this study. The results showed that the DAS-Malay possesses satisfactory psychometric properties suggesting that this instrument is appropriate for use as a cognitive measure in a Malay cultural context although several issues require consideration.
Keyword Dysfunctional Attitude Scale
Factor analysis
Malaysia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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