Purpose: To assess evidence of depression
Age: 7-18 years
Time: 20-50 minutes
The Children’s Depression Scale (CDS) is a reliable and valid instrument for assessing and treating depression in young people across diverse cultures. The CDS covers two scales: Depression and Pleasure.
The CDS can be used by qualified psychologists, counsellors and medical practitioners.
In addition to the card sort for use with the child or young person, four separate questionnaires are also available.
Separate forms for boys and girls. Allows for others to report on the child's behaviour and feelings. It is intended for use with parents to yield another index of the child's depression or wellbeing.
Allows for teachers' assessments of how a child is functioning. Teachers have the opportunity to observe children in a different social context, with awareness of the child's intellectual functioning as well as social interactions outside the family and with different groups of children.
Health Practitioner Questionnaire
Asks health practitioners a structured set of questions to assist in clarifying the presence and level of depression.