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

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Department of Psychiatry

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Child; Depressive Disorder; Female; Humans; Male; *Personality Inventory; Psychometrics; Reference Values


Behavioral Disciplines and Activities | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry and Psychology | Psychology


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)

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Journal of consulting and clinical psychology


Citation: J Consult Clin Psychol. 1988 Oct;56(5):769-72. DOI 10.1037/0022-006X.56.5.769

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

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