Symptoms versus a diagnosis of depression: differences in psychosocial functioning.
Published on Jan 1, 1995in Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology4.36
· DOI :10.1037/0022-006X.63.1.90
In studies of clinical depression, individuals who demonstrate elevated levels of symptoms but do not meet interview-based diagnostic criteria are typically labeled as false positive and eliminated from further consideration. However, the implicit assumption that false-positive participants differ in important ways from true-positive (i.e., diagnosed) participants has not been tested systematically. This study compared the functioning of true-positive, false-positive, and true-negative adolescents on clinical and psychosocial functioning. Although the false-positive participants manifested higher levels occurrent and future psychopathology than did the true-negative participants, they did not differ significantly from the true-positive participants on most of the measures of psychosocial dysfunction. «False positive,» therefore, is not a benign condition