Medición de la comorbilidad depresiva en drogodependientes: Validez y eficacia diagnóstica del Inventario de Depresión de Beck (BDI-II) en dominicanos con múltiple consumo de sustancias

Zoilo Emilio García-Batista, Kiero Guerra-Peña, Antonio Cano-Vindel, Luisa Marilia Cantisano-Guzmán, Pablo Ezequiel Flores-Kanter, Leonardo Adrián Medrano


Abstract: Measurement of depressive comorbidity in drug dependents: Validity and diagnostic efficiency of Beck's Depression Inventory (BDI-II) in Dominicans with multiple substance consumption. The present study proposed two main objectives, a) evaluate the validity of BDI-II for the identification of comorbid depressive symptoms in people with multiple substance abuse (i.e. Known-Groups Validity); and b) verify the diagnostic efficacy of the inventory for the distinction between general population and clinical drug dependents. From a two-stage sampling, a total of 116 Dominicans was selected, of whom 50% were drug-dependent. Analysis of differences between groups and analysis of COR curves were applied. The results show statistically significant and large effect size differences in depression levels in favor of the substance abuse group. In addition, COR curve analyses indicate that depression scores derived from BDI-II have adequate diagnostic performance indices. In short, evidence is provided in favor of the appropriateness and validity of the BDI-II to be applied in a population of drug dependents. 

Keywords: Drug dependents; depression; BDI-II; comorbidity; known-groups validity; COR curves; Dominican Republic.  

Resumen: El presente estudio se propuso como objetivos, a) evaluar la validez del BDI-II para la identificación de sintomatología depresiva comórbida en personas con múltiple abuso de sustancias (i.e. Known-Groups Validity); y b) verificar la eficacia diagnóstica del inventario para la distinción entre población general y drogodependientes clínicos. A partir de un muestreo bietapico, se seleccionó un total de 116 dominicanos de los cuales el 50% era drogodependiente. Se aplicaron análisis de diferencias entre grupos y análisis de curvas COR. Los resultados muestran diferencias estadísticamente significativas, y de tamaño del efecto grande, en los niveles de depresión en favor del grupo de personas con problemática de abuso de sustancias. Además, los análisis de curvas COR indican que los puntajes de depresión derivados del BDI-II presentan índices de rendimiento diagnóstico adecuados. En suma, se aporta evidencia a favor de la adecuación y validez del BDI-II para ser aplicado en población de drogodependientes. 

 Palabras clave: Drogodependencia; depresión; BDI-II; comorbilidad; known-groups validity; curvas COR; República Dominicana.

Palabras clave

Drogodependencia; Depresión; BDI-II; Comorbilidad; Caso-Control; Curvas COR.

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