Psychometric Properties of a New Scale for Measuring Depression in People With a Learning Disability: The Glasgow Depression Scale for People With a Learning Disability (GDS-LD)

Cuthill, Fiona (2001) Psychometric Properties of a New Scale for Measuring Depression in People With a Learning Disability: The Glasgow Depression Scale for People With a Learning Disability (GDS-LD). D Clin Psy thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

Objectives The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an information leaflet regarding psychological therapy, which aims to increase patients' knowledge of what is expected of them and the therapist in treatment, and reduce anxiety and confusion. The leaflet is routinely sent to all new patients referred to the Psychology Department. Design A structured questionnaire was designed specifically for this survey and was distributed by post. Setting The study was undertaken in a Clinical Psychology Outpatient Department in Central Scotland. Participants 210 patients who had no previous experience of psychological treatment took part in the study. They were referred to the Clinical Psychology Department over a four month period (April 1999 - July 1999). Results 40% (n=84) of participants replied. Responses to the questionnaire indicated that the information leaflet had succeeded to an acceptable extent in achieving it's aims and that the majority of patients found it useful. Conclusion The information leaflet could be considered to be beneficial to patients waiting for psychological treatment. However, several areas of possible improvement were identified which may increase it's usefulness in the future.

Item Type: Thesis (D Clin Psy)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Adviser: Colin Espie
Keywords: Clinical psychology, Quantitative psychology, Disability studies
Date of Award: 2001
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:2001-76022
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2019 09:15
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2019 09:15
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/76022

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