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Table 5 Comparison of Mean Scores on Scales between Groups that have Depression and/ or Anxiety and reported suicidal thoughts and social function

From: The psychometric properties of PHQ-4 anxiety and depression screening scale among out of school adolescent girls and young women in Tanzania: a cross-sectional study

 Two-item anxietyTwo-item depressionFour-item scale
 scale score (GAD-2)scale score (PHQ-2)score (PHQ-4)
 Mean(±SE)Mean(±SE)Mean(±SE)
aSocial function difficulties
 Yes2.60 (0.04)2.78 (0.04)5.39 (0.07)
 No1.48 (0.06)1.75 (0.05)3.23 (0.09)
bSuicidal thoughts
 Yes2.99 (0.06)3.13 (0.06)6.12 (0.09)
 No1.82 (0.04)2.05 (0.04)3.87 (0.07)
  1. aHow difficult have these problems (anxiety and/ or depression) made it for you to do your work, take care of things at home, or get along with other people? (No = Not difficult at all, yes = somewhat difficult /very difficult/extremely difficult); Scores for individuals with social function problem were significantly higher compared to those who did not have (p < 0.01)
  2. b Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you had thoughts that you would be better off dead or of hurting yourself in some way? (No = Not at all, yes = several days/more than half the days/nearly every day); Scores for individuals with suicidal thoughts were significantly higher compared to those who did not have (p < 0.01)