The menstrual distress questionnaire: Are the critics right?

HAWES, E and OEI, TPS (1992) The menstrual distress questionnaire: Are the critics right?. Current Psychology-Research & Reviews, 11 3: 264-281. doi:10.1007/BF02686846

Author HAWES, E
Title The menstrual distress questionnaire: Are the critics right?
Journal name Current Psychology-Research & Reviews
ISSN 0737-8262
Publication date 1992-09-01
Year available 1992
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/BF02686846
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 11
Issue 3
Start page 264
End page 281
Total pages 18
Place of publication NEW BRUNSWICK
Language eng
Abstract The Menstrual Distress Questionnaire (MDQ) is the most widely used method of assessing premenstrual symptomatology. It is also the most frequently criticized instrument in this field. A review of the criticisms made toward the MDQ revealed three major issues concerning the reliability and validity of this instrument and the sample from whom normative data were gathered. These issues were examined in light of 49 studies that used this instrument between 1968 and 1990. Many of the criticisms were found to be justified. A marked lack of adequate research into the MDQ's reliability, problems associated with the normative sample, and uncertain validity were found. In particular, the MDQ appears to measure constructs unrelated to the menstrual cycle and define premenstrual syndrome inaccurately. In addition, the factor structure of this instrument may be unstable. These conclusions were tempered with the knowledge that the MDQ has not been utilized to its full potential in most of the research conducted to date.
Keyword Premenstrual Emotional Changes
Non-Clinical Sample
Tension Syndrome
Perimenstrual Symptoms
Controlled Trial
Normal Women
Life Events
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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