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Development and Validation of a Measure of Attitudes toward Fluffy Women

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2013.321
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626–33
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A scale to assess attitudes toward fluffy women is developed and validated in a university student population in Jamaica. The scale has reasonably good concurrent validity and acceptable discriminant validity.

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Background: There is an absence of research on the newly evolved term “fluffy” which describes body image and personality features among women. Research on “fluffiness” among Caribbean peoples has been limited by the lack of valid and reliable measures of the concept.

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22 Apr, 2014
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e-Published: 02 Jul, 2014

Subjective Well-being of Adults with Homozygous Sickle Cell Disease in Jamaica

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181–7
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Advances in treatment of sickle cell disease have improved the prognosis for patients. As these patients are living longer, issues of subjective well-being become important. Past studies have mostly focussed on patients’ negative life experiences. This study examines both patients’ positive and negative experiences, as well as their satisfaction with life.

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Objectives: This study compared the subjective well-being of adults with homozygous sickle cell (SS) disease to a matched group of healthy adult peers. The differential influence of sociodemographic factors on the subjective well-being of Sickle Cell patients was also examined.

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e-Published: 17 Oct, 2013

Validation of the Beck Depression Inventory II in HIV-positive Patients

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374–9
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The Beck Depression Inventory–ΙΙ is one of the gold standard screening tools for depression. It was validated in a sample of HIV-positive patients in Jamaica. The scale has reasonably good concurrent validity and acceptable discriminant validity.

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Objective: Research on depression among HIV-positive patients has been limited by the lack of a valid and reliable measure of depression. This project addresses this problem by exploring the internal consistency reliability and the concurrent and discriminant validity of the Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II) using HIV-positive patients in Jamaica.

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e-Published: 07 Oct, 2013

Factors Associated with Depression in Students at The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica

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21–7
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This paper examines factors associated with depression in students attending the University of the West Indies Mona campus, Jamaica. Students with a chronic condition or a disability manifested higher depression scores than those without.

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Objective: This project examines the factors associated with depression in students attending the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.

Method: Students enrolled in the Foundation courses during the first and second semesters of the 2005/2006 academic year were administered the Brief Screen for Depression as well as a demographic questionnaire as part of a larger study.

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e-Published: 17 Sep, 2013

Validation of the Beck Depression Inventory – II in a Jamaican University Student Cohort

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404–8
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The Beck Depression Inventory – II is one of the gold standard screening tools for depression. It was validated in a university student population in Jamaica. The scale has reasonably good concurrent validity and acceptable discriminant validity.
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e-Published: 03 Jul, 2013

Validation of the Brief Screen for Depression in a Jamaican Cohort

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425–9
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Depression is a significant medical disorder which may be comorbid with other medical illnesses. This paper serves to establish the validity of a brief measure of depression suitable for screening clinic patients.

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e-Published: 17 Jun, 2013
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