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Convergent validity of the Arabic scale of mental health

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To estimate the convergent validity of the Arabic Scale of Mental Health, three convenience separate samples (ns = 162, 168, 138) of volunteer Kuwaiti college students, ages 19 to 32 years, responded anonymously to several scales measuring psychopathology. Analyses showed total ratings for the scale correlated negatively with those of the Kuwait University Anxiety Scale, Factorial Arabic Neuroticism Scale, Somatic Symptoms Inventory, Arabic Scale of Insomnia, the nine subscales of the Symptom Checklist-90-R, the Beck Depression Inventory, and the seven subscales of the General Health Questionnaire. Three separate correlation matrices were subjected to principal components analyses for which a single bipolar factor, Mental health versus psychopathology, was retained in all three matrices. Loadings for the Arabic Scale of Mental Health were -.76, -.64, and -.76. It was concluded that this scale has suitable convergent validity.

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Abdel-Khalek, A. M. (2012). "Convergent validity of the Arabic scale of mental health." Psychol Rep 110(1): 16-24.


Methods Condition Gender Age Country Setting Sample size
college students Both 19 - 32 Kuwait
Education Institute 468

Number of items

50 items


Measure does not require training

Required time

Less than 5 min

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Articles last updated: December 2020