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Children’s Depression Inventory (CDI)

Children’s Depression Inventory (CDI)

The Children’s Depression Inventory is a modification of the Beck Depression Inventory for adults. The CDI is now in its second edition. It assesses depression severity in children and adolescents 7 to 17 years old. Two scales measure emotional problems and functional problems. Three separate rater forms are available: one for parents (17 items), one for teachers (12 items) and a self-report (28 items). Administration time is between five and 15 minutes.

Kovacs, M. (1981). Rating scales to assess depression in school-aged children. Acta Paedopsychiatrica: International Journal of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 46(5-6), 305-315. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/t00788-000

Sun, S., & Wang, S. (2015). The children’s depression inventory in worldwide child development research: A reliability generalization study. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(8), 2352-2363. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-014-0038-x

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