Title

Effect of Instructional Set on Responses to the Geriatric Depression Scale

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1988

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

http://doi.org/10.1037/0882-7974.3.3.315

Abstract

A community sample of elderly subjects (M age = 74 years) was randomly assigned to four variations in reference group instructions on the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS). In one condition, subjects received no instructions as to reference group, which is the standard instructional format of the test. In the other three conditions, subjects were asked to compare themselves with one of three reference groups: age group peers, adults in general, or themselves at a younger age. Results indicated that the GDS is robust with respect to variation in reference group instruction.

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Citation / Publisher Attribution

Psychology and Aging, v. 3, issue 3, p. 315-316

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