Methodological considerations in the assessment of depression in alcoholics

M. N. Hesselbrock, V. M. Hesselbrock, H. Tennen, Roger Meyer, K. L. Workman

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

66 Scopus citations


This study compared the following three widely used approaches to the assessment of depression in an alcoholic sample: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III) diagnosis derived from the National Institute of Mental Health Diagnostic Interview Schedule (NIMH-DIS), the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Depression scale (MMPI D), and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). The number of subjects who were diagnosed as 'depressed' varied considerably according to the method used. The MMPI D scale classified the largest number of alcoholics as depressed (62%), followed by the BDI (54%), and the DSM-III (27%). The MMPI and the BDI were highly correlated, but both showed only a modest relationship with the DSM-III. Possible explanations for these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-405
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


Dive into the research topics of 'Methodological considerations in the assessment of depression in alcoholics'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this