Factorial invariance across gender for the primary symptom dimensions of the SCL-90

Br J Soc Clin Psychol. 1977 Nov;16(4):347-56. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8260.1977.tb00241.x.

Abstract

The present study was focused on an evaluation of factorial invariance across gender for the primary symptom dimensions of the SCL-90-a multidimensional self-report symptom inventory. The argument is advanced that evidence of invariance across relevant subject parameters is an essential component of reliability for dimensional constructs. Findings indicated subtantial levels of invariance across gender for eight of the nine primary symptom dimensions of the SCL-90 with moderate levels for the ninth. The implications of invariance, for the SCL-90 in particular, and clinical measurement in general are related and discussed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anxiety / diagnosis
  • Depression / diagnosis
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical*
  • Female
  • Hostility
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Paranoid Disorders / diagnosis
  • Phobic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Psychological Tests / methods*
  • Psychopathology
  • Sex Factors