Depression in children and adolescents: a comparative analysis of the utility and construct validity of two assessment measures

Leonard A. Doerfler, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Robert D. Felner, University of Illinois
Richard T. Rowlison, East Central Alabama Mental Health Center
Patricia A. Raley, East Central Alabama Mental Health Center
Elizabeth Evans, East Central Alabama Mental Health Center

At the time of publication, Leonard Doerfler was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Abstract

The utility and construct validity of the Children's Depression Inventory and the youth version of the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale were examined. No significant grade, sex or race effects were obtained for either measure. Examination of convergent and discriminate validity for these measures revealed high correspondence with self-report measures of related constructs. Children's self-reports corresponded poorly with ratings by teachers or parents. Finally, the utility of recommended cutoff scores for identifying extreme groups of depressed children and adolescents was evaluated. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)