Faculty Publications

Title

Appropriateness of the multi-attitude suicide tendency scale for non-White individuals

Document Type

Article

Keywords

MAST, Psychometrics, Race, Young adults

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Assessment

Volume

11

Issue

1

First Page

73

Last Page

84

Abstract

Analyses of data collected from 480 university students (approximately 56% White and 44% Black) challenge the utility of the Multi-Attitude Suicide Tendency Scale (MAST) for use with individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds. This size sample allowed for an examination of the psychometric properties and cultural relevance of the MAST for non-Whites. Correlations between scores on the MAST, suicide, and depression measures were in the expected directions for Whites but not for Blacks or Latinos. The White sample data fit the four-factor model of the MAST, but the model required several modifications to fit the data from the Black sample. Verification of the cultural relevance of the MAST and a revision of the scale are recommended to improve its usefulness. © 2004 Sage Publications.

Original Publication Date

12-1-2004

DOI of published version

10.1177/1073191103261041

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