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Factor structure and psychometric properties of the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) among Ghanaian adolescents

Glozah, Franklin N and Pevalin, David J (2015) 'Factor structure and psychometric properties of the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) among Ghanaian adolescents.' Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health, 27 (1). pp. 53-57. ISSN 1728-0583

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Abstract

Purpose: There is little information about the reliability and validity of the 12-item General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) in Ghana. This study sought to examine the reliability and factor structure of the GHQ-12 in Ghanaian adolescents. Method: sHigh school students (N = 770) completed the GHQ-12 and the Adolescent Stress Questionnaire (ASQ). Internal consistency, convergent validity and exploratory factor analysis were used. Results: A two factor structure, each with six items, was extracted. The total GHQ-12 had acceptable internal consistency and a generally high correlation with the ASQ subscales. Conclusion: The GHQ-12 can be used in Ghanaian samples, but more research is needed to confirm its factor structure.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Factor Analysis, Statistical; Reproducibility of Results; Mental Disorders; Psychiatric Status Rating Scales; Psychometrics; Students; Adolescent; Ghana; Female; Male; Surveys and Questionnaires
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2015 11:14
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2022 22:52
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12834

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