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GONZALEZ-FORTEZA, Catalina; WAGNER ECHEAGARAY, Fernando A. and JIMENEZ TAPIA, Alberto. Center of Epidemiological Studies of Depression Scale (CES-D) in Mexico: bibliometric analysis. Salud Ment [online]. 2012, vol.35, n.1, pp.13-20. ISSN 0185-3325.
The CES-D is a screening instrument to measure depressive symptoms during the last week. It is useful and easy to use because no trained staff is needed to administer and score it. Interest in depression has been consistent in Mexico in recent years, and the CES-D is one of the most used scales. The goal of this paper is to present a bibliometric analysis of scientific papers reporting data obtained with the scale; the papers had to be published in a scientific journal with a reviewing board, a group of peer reviewers and be ISNN registered. Materials were found in EBSCOhost and Google Scholar databases. 80 papers were published between 1986 and 2011. An average of three papers was published every year. Most of the studies were developed in Mexico City and nationwide; there was a bi-national study, a multinational one, and four in several states combined. The journals with the highest number of papers were: SALUD MENTAL, Salud Pública de México, and Revista Mexicana de Psicología. There were 17 institutions involved in coordinating the studies; six of them were international. 41% of the studies were conducted with adolescents, 32% with women, and 90% in urban contexts. There are some areas which need further study to build a more comprehensive understanding about the distribution and characteristics of depressive symptoms and hence new studies must be designed to include understudied groups and populations.
Keywords : CES-D; depression; epidemiology; Mexico; screening instruments.