Predicting future depression in adolescents using the Short Mood and Feelings Questionnaire: A two-nation study

Publication year: 2011
Source: Journal of Affective Disorders, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 13 June 2011

Dean P., McKenzie , John W., Toumbourou , Andrew B., Forbes , Andrew J., Mackinnon , Barbara J., McMorris , …

 Background: Adolescence is a key life period for the development of depression. Predicting the development of depression in adolescence through detecting specific early symptoms may aid in the development of timely screening and intervention programmes. Methods: We administered the Short Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (SMFQ) to 5769 American and Australian students aged 10 to 15years, at two time points, separated by 12months. We attempted to predict high levels of depression symptoms at 12months from symptoms at baseline, using statistical approaches based upon the quality, as well as the quantity, of depression symptoms present. These approaches included classification and regression trees (CART) and logistic…