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Table 5 Rotated Factor Matrix for the MCQ Instrument*

From: The development of a knowledge test of depression and its treatment for patients suffering from non-psychotic depression: a psychometric assessment

  Component Loadings
Items C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7
1. Which of the following statements about the speed of response to the treatment with antidepressants is FALSE? .75       
2. Which of the following about sex differences in depression is true? .75       
3. All of the following are recognized symptoms of depression EXCEPT: .73       
4. Which of the following is true about the age of onset of depression? .69       
5. All of the following are typical of patients suffering from clinical depression EXCEPT: .64   .43     
6. What are the lifetime chances of becoming clinically depressed?   .75      
7. Which is FALSE about the response to treatment with antidepressants?   .63      
8. What factors may trigger the onset of clinical depression?   .61      
9. Depression may be triggered by all the following EXCEPT   .50      
10. Which of the following statements about clinical depression is False?   .49      
11. If medication does not improve depressive symptoms, one should:    .78     
12. Which is FALSE about the effectiveness of antidepressant medications?    .75     
13. Which of the following behavior is associated with poor outcome?    .67     
14. Which is NOT a common symptom of clinical depression?    .44     
15. Which of the following is NOT a symptom of clinical depression?    .42     
16. Psychotherapy can help many people with depression. Which of the following statements about psychotherapy is FALSE?     .87    
17. Which is FALSE about selecting the right antidepressant, for someone with depression?   .44   .68    
18. Which is NOT a recognized treatment for clinical depression?      .73   
19. The following symptoms are indications of clinical depression EXCEPT:      .57   
20. Which of the following is FALSE about the relapse of clinical depression?      .47   
21. What should one do if one's first antidepressant medication fails?       .46  
22. What is the risk of dying by suicide among depressed patients?       .59  
23. Which is NOT true about the differences between depression and a passing blue mood?       .57  
24. If one feels better during the course of treatment, one should       .48  
25. Which is NOT a common occurrence during treatment with antidepressants?        .82
26. Which is FALSE about Electric Convulsive Therapy (ECT) for treating clinical depression?        .49
27. Which is NOT a common side effect of antidepressant drugs?        .45
Internal Consistency Reliability (Alpha) .79 .33 .60 .64 .46 .13 .51
Percent of Observed Variance 15.7 9.5 8.2 7 6.2 5.4 5.2
  1. *Principal Components Extraction, Varimax Rotation with Kaiser Normalization, Rotation Converged in eight iterations