Environment, Mood Disorders and Suicide by Teodor T. Postolache

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The BDI II is a self report measure which consists of 21 items which individuals respond on a scale of 0 to 3. The POMS dep-anx is a 24 item, self report measure in which individuals respond on a likert scale of 0 (―not at all‖) to 4 (―extremely‖) how much they are experiencing a specific feeling. Depression/dejection items include ―unhappy,‖ ―sorry for things done‖, ―unworthy‖; and anxiety-tension items include ―tense‖, ―shaky‖, and ―on edge‖. The POMS was developed as a measure of transient, fluctuating affective states.

Third, covariances between all the variables and their derivatives were calculated. Finally, seven competing structural equation models were fit to the covariance matrices and the results compared. Since there may be important categorical differences between the patients in this population, we chose to estimate the derivatives in two different ways. First, we use a nomothetic approach in which the grand mean of all of the individual analysis intervals is calculated and used to estimate derivatives for all patients and occasions.

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