Arab Youth Mental Health Scale

Information about Measure
First Name Rema
Last Name Afifi
Email Not Available
Affiliation Department of Health Behavior and Education, American University of Beirut
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Mental health assessment tool that was adapted/developed/validated Arab Youth Mental Health Scale
Mental health condition assessed Common Mental Health Disorders
Idiom of distress included, if any Not Applicable
Lifestage of interest Childhood or Adolescence
Age range (age – age) 10-14
Country or countries where tool was developed/adapted/validated Lebanon
Language(s) of the adapted/developed/validated tool Arabic
Clinical or community sample? Community
Subpopulation in which tool was developed/validated (e.g., tool was developed and tested among middle-class women)?
Development procedures Locally developed
If validated, what was the gold standard?
Description of other development procedures, if applicable Several items used in the construction of the Arab Youth Mental Health Scale were pulled from existing surveys, specifically the Center for Epidemiological Studies- Depression Scale, the Hopkins Symptom Checklist, and the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. Items from each scale were piloted in the study population to assess participant comprehension and contextual and cultural relevance.
Cronbach’s alpha 0.901
Other information about tool (e.g., additional psychometrics [NPV, PPV, Youden’s index, diagnostic odds ratio])
Citations of development/adaptation/validation studies and/or previous studies using the tool Makhoul, J., Nakkash, R. T., Hajj, T. E., Abdulrahim, S., Kanj, M., Mahfoud, Z., & Afifi, R. A. (2010). Development and Validation of the Arab Youth Mental Health Scale. Community Mental Health Journal, 47(3), 331-340. doi:10.1007/s10597-010-9312-6
Notes when administering the tool The tool should be administered verbally by trained research assistants who are fluent in Arabic.