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Assessment of depressive symptoms in youth aged 7 to 17 years
The Children’s Depression Inventory 2nd Edition™ or CDI 2® is a comprehensive multi-rater assessment of depressive symptoms in children and adolescents from ages 7 to 17, which offers the flexibility of application in either clinical or educational settings. When results from the CDI 2 are combined with other sources of verified information, the CDI 2 can aid in early identification of depressive symptoms, diagnosis of Depression and related disorders, and monitoring of treatment effectiveness.
Can aid in the early identification of depressive symptoms
Strong psychometric properties ensure you can be confident in the quality and rigor of the assessment
A complete revision of the original Children’s Depression Inventory (CDI), including new items that focus on the core aspects of childhood depression, revised scales, and new norms representative of the U.S. population
Comprehensive evaluation through multi-rater assessments with input from parent, teacher, and self-report ratings
Accessible reading level ensures understanding
New ways to compare scores across informants with a Self–Report Form which includes Emotional and Functional Problem scales that mirror Teacher and Parent forms
"There is much to like about this test. It is based upon a seminal volume and assessment instrument on depression, built from a youth-age adaptation that demonstrated very good predictive validity and has many practical and psychometric features that testing professionals have come to expect from current well-researched measurements." Atlas, J. (2014). Test review of the Children's Depression Inventory 2nd Edition. In J.F. Carlson, K.F. Geisinger, & R. A. Spies (Eds.), The nineteenth mental measurements yearbook. Retrieved from the Buros Institute's Test Reviews Online website: http://www.buros.org/
Assessment Reports provide detailed information about scores from a single administration, presented both numerically and graphically. An individual's scores are compared to those in the normative sample and elevations at the scale and subscale level are indicated.
Progress Reports compare the results of two to four administrations for the same individual to measure changes over time. These reports are ideal to use when monitoring treatment and intervention effectiveness. Comparative Reports combine the results of different raters to provide an overview of an individual's scores from a multi-rater perspective. This highlights potentially important inter-rater differences in scores.
The CDI 2 comprises the following protocols:
Self-Report (Full-length and short forms)
CDI 2: Self-Report
Completed by the youth, this full-length form contains age-appropriate manifestations of depression symptoms. It is recommended for use in initial evaluation and is appropriate when there is a need for a comprehensive assessment and robust description of a child’s depressive symptoms. This is a 28-item assessment that yields a Total Score, two scale scores (Emotional Problems and Functional Problems), and four subscale scores.
CDI 2: Self-Report Short Forms
Completed by the youth, this short form contains 12 key items from the full-length form and provides an efficient screening measure, saving time by taking only about 5 minutes—half of the time the full-length form requires to administer. Supported by excellent psychometric properties, the Self-Report Short Form yields a Total Score that is comparable to the one produced by the full-length version.
CDI 2: Parent
Completed by parents or primary caregivers, the 17-item Parent Form consist of items that correspond to the self-report version and are suitably rephrased. Its purpose is to gather information about the child’s behavior at home and in family contexts. Item selection for the Parent Form was guided to maximize validity, and thus focused on observable manifestations of depression.
CDI 2: Teacher
The Teacher Form consists of items that correspond to the self-report version and are suitably rephrased. This will provide information about the child or youth’s behavior in academic and social situations in a school environment.
Reports for the CDI 2 are available in both online and software options and include the following report types:
The CDI 2 quantifies depressive symptomatology using reports from children/adolescents, teachers, and parents or caregivers. MHS offers three ways to administer and score this assessment to meet the setting needs or preference of the user. Whether it’s online through the popular MHS Online Assessment Centre, handscored using MHS’s QuikScoreTM paper-and pencil format, or using scoring software on your own computer, there’s a solution that right for you.
The CDI 2 Self-Report (full-length and short) normative sample includes 1,100 children and adolescents aged 7 to 17 from 26 different states in the U.S. The sample is evenly proportioned in terms of age and gender, with 50 male and 50 female children and adolescents at each age. The racial/ethnic distribution of the sample closely matches the U.S. census distribution (i.e., all races were within 1% of Census targets, based on the 2000 U.S. Census report). Overall, the normative sample includes a reasonable spread of geographical locations of all four major regions of the U.S.
A clinical sample of 319 youth aged 7 to 17 (M age = 12.63 years, SD age = 3.02 years) diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD; 33.86%), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD; 28.21%), Conduct Disorder (CD; 14.11%), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD; 13.79%), or Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD; 10.03%) was obtained.
Created to provide you with an online source for enhanced training and learning, the MHS Learn Center makes it easy for you to earn CE or CPD credits quickly from the comfort of your home or office. This user-friendly online tool features online manual quizzes, online workshops, and webinars for many MHS assessments including the CDI 2. Study the manual or watch the online workshop and then take a brief quiz. Once you pass, your certificate of completion is immediately generated for your records.
CDI 2 CE Online Manual Quiz(3 CE Credits)
Simply study the assessment manual as you normally would, then successfully complete the questionnaire and a short feedback survey to receive your certificate of completion. Learn More.
CDI 2 Online Workshop (1.25 CE/CPD Credits)
View the pre-recorded workshop video, then successfully complete the questionnaire and a short feedback survey to receive your certificate of completion. Learn More.
Select Language of Tool:
Assess easily online from anywhere. Includes automatic scoring and report generation.
Requires software. Includes automatic scoring and report generation.
QuikScore forms are scored by hand without reports.