Clinical Assessment of Depression (CAD)

Author(s) : Bruce A. Bracken and Karen Howell

Publisher : PAR, 2004


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Purpose: Comprehensively assess depressive symptomatology

Age: 8-79 years

Time: 10 Minutes; 20 minutes to score

The Clinical Assessment of Depression (CAD) is a 50-item self-report instrument that is sensitive to depressive symptomatology throughout the lifespan. It is closely aligned with the hallmarks of depression in children, adolescents, and adults – depressed mood and anhedonia – as well as the additional seven criteria for major depressive episodes listed in the DSM-IV-TR™.

Key Features

  • A single form is appropriate for individuals ages 8 - 79 years
  • Composed of items that are general enough to be relevant to children, adolescents, and adults, while simultaneously providing content that is focused enough to address unique characteristics of children and adolescents (e.g., irritability) as well as adults (e.g., depletion syndrome characteristics)
  • Three validity scales are embedded within the instrument – Inconsistency, Negative Impression, and Infrequency
  • CAD interpretation begins with the CAD Total Scale; then the highly reliable Symptom scales (Depressed Mood, Anxiety/Worry, Diminished Interest, and Cognitive and Physical Fatigue) and ends with the Critical Item Clusters (Hopelessness, Self-Devaluation, Sleep/Fatigue, Failure, Worry and Nervous)

The CAD can be administered and scored online via PARiConnect.

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