Table 1

Depression Stigma Scale (DSS) component loadings for Samples 1, 2 and 3.

Sample 1

Sample 2

Sample 3

Item#

C1

C2

C1

C2

C1

C2


14. Most people believe that it is best to avoid people with depression so that you don't become depressed yourself

0.71

0.05

0.66

0.10

0.59

0.07

11. Most people believe that depression is a sign of personal weakness

0.71

0.04

0.72

0.00

0.74

0.06

13. Most people believe that people with depression are dangerous

0.70

0.06

0.66

0.16

0.63

0.06

15. Most people believe that people with depression are unpredictable.

0.66

0.03

0.62

0.11

0.55

0.01

12. Most people believe that depression is not a real medical illness

0.65

-0.07

0.69

-0.09

0.76

-0.07

10. Most people believe that people with depression could snap out of it if they wanted

0.61

0.04

0.66

-0.02

0.72

-0.04

17. Most people would not employ someone they knew had been depressed

0.57

0.13

0.64

0.12

0.65

0.20

16. Most people would not tell anyone if they had depression

0.56

-0.13

0.47

-0.08

0.49

-0.07

18. Most people would not vote for a politician they knew had been depressed

0.52

0.22

0.59

0.14

0.61

0.18

2 Depression is a sign of personal weakness

-0.06

0.75

-0.08

0.72

-0.07

0.63

9 I would not vote for a politician if I knew they had been depressed

0.08

0.70

0.10

0.69

0.15

0.71

1. People with depression could snap out of it if they wanted

-0.14

0.67

-0.15

0.68

-0.17

0.59

3. Depression is not a real medical illness

-0.06

0.75

-0.13

0.67

-0.09

0.65

5. It is best to avoid people with depression so that you don't become depressed yourself

-0.03

0.64

0.06

0.63

0.03

0.60

8. I would not employ someone if I knew they had been depressed

0.06

0.59

0.08

0.70

0.09

0.74

4. People with depression are dangerous

0.20

0.53

0.12

0.57

0.04

0.56

7. If I had a problem like John's I would not tell anyone

0.15

0.39

0.14

0.35

0.16

0.40

6. People with depression are unpredictable

0.27

0.34

0.17

0.45

0.13

0.37


Loadings marked in bold exceed the 0.32 threshold

#Item wording for the survey used for Samples 2 & 3 are shown. The wording of the survey used for Sample 1 referred to 'a problem like John's/Mary's'. For example, "If I had a problem like John's I would not tell anyone".

Griffiths et al. BMC Psychiatry 2008 8:25   doi:10.1186/1471-244X-8-25

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