Psychometric assessment of the 18-item Bangla Mental Health Inventory (Bangla MHI-18)

Ahmed, O., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Hossain, M.A., 2022. Psychometric assessment of the 18-item Bangla Mental Health Inventory (Bangla MHI-18). Psychological Studies, 67, pp. 110-122. ISSN 0974-9861

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The Mental Health Inventory-18 (MHI-18) is an 18-item self-report psychometric scale that assesses mental health among general populations. There are several adapted and translated mental health assessment scales in Bangladesh. However, none of these assess the complete state of mental health that the MHI assesses. Consequently, the present study assessed the psychometric properties of the MHI-18 in the Bangladesh context (N = 571). Confirmatory factor analysis confirmed the four-factor structure of the Bangla MHI-18 (i.e., anxiety, depression, behavior control, and positive affect). Second-order tests of measurement invariance suggested that the Bangla MHI-18 assessed the same construct among both male and female groups. The instrument had acceptable levels of internal consistency reliability, test–retest reliability, composite reliability, average variance extracted, standard error of measurement, discrimination power, convergent validity, and concurrent validity. The tests relating to differential item functioning suggested lack of item response bias. Accepted levels of infit and outfit MnSqs, item and person separation, and reliabilities in rating scale model suggested that the Bangla MHI-18 had satisfactory psychometric properties. This will be helpful to Bangladeshi mental health practitioners to assess the complete mental state of young clients and contribute in formulating necessary therapeutic intervention for ensuring sound mental health.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Psychological Studies
Creators: Ahmed, O., Griffiths, M.D. and Hossain, M.A.
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Date: March 2022
Volume: 67
ISSN: 0974-9861
Rights: This version of the article has been accepted for publication, after peer review (when applicable) and is subject to Springer Nature’s AM terms of use, but is not the Version of Record and does not reflect post-acceptance improvements, or any corrections. The Version of Record is available online at:
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 01 Mar 2022 08:55
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2023 03:00

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