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Table 4 Mean item scores, by domain, for the retained CES-D scale items in the present sample and a comparison sample

From: Challenges in measuring depression among Ugandan fisherfolk: a psychometric assessment of the Luganda version of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D)

CES-D Scale Item (revised 13-item scale)Mean Item Score (SD) from present study [n = 300]Mean Item Score (SD) from NHANES (34) [n = 2814]
Domain 1: Depressed mood [items for this domain in original scale = 7]  
 Item 3. I felt that I could not shake off the blues even with help from my family or friends0.62 (0.98)0.24 (0.6)
 Item 10. I felt fearful.0.81 (1.04)0.26 (0.61)
 Item 18. I felt sad.0.85 (0.99)0.38 (0.66)
 Item 14. I felt lonely.0.95 (1.02)0.37 (0.74)
 Item 6. I felt depressed.1.17 (1.11)0.44 (0.72)
Domain 2: Somatic [items for this domain in original scale = 7]  
 Item 20. I could not get “going.”0.64 (0.97)0.52 (0.78)
 Item 1. I was bothered by things that usually don’t bother me.0.68 (0.94)0.34 (.66)
 Item 5. I had trouble keeping my mind on what I was doing.0.78 (1.06)0.41 (0.73)
 Item 2. I did not feel like eating; my appetite was poor.0.81 (1.04)0.29 (0.69)
 Item 11. My sleep was restless.0.84 (1.05)0.65 (0.89)
 Item 13. I talked less than usual.1.06 (0.98)0.49 (0.82)
Domain 3: Positive affecta [items for this domain in original scale = 4]  
 Item 12. I was happy.1.09 (1.1)0.60 (0.95)
 Item 16. I enjoyed life.1.13 (1.1)0.53 (0.97)
Domain 4: Interpersonal [items for this domain in original scale = 2; none retained]  
  1. a indicates items in the domain were reverse scored