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Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale for Children (CES-DC)

The 20-item CES-DC was adapted from the original CES-D measure. The items were renovated to make it more understandable and applicable for children and adolescents. The respondent is to rate the frequency of each item occurring in the past two weeks on a 4-point Likert-type scale ranging from 0 (rarely or none) to 3 (most or all) of the time.

depression, self-report, mental health, children, adolescence
John Seeley
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Citation and Copyright

Weissman MM, Orvaschel H, Padian N (1980), Children’s symptom and social functioning: Self-report scales. J Nerv Ment Dis 168:736–740

Instrument

The items are reproduced in table 1 of psychometric properties file:

Faulstich, M. E., Carey, M. P., Ruggiero, L., Enyart, P., & Gresham, F. (1986). Assessment of depression in childhood and adolescence: An evaluation of the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale for Children (CES-DC). Am. J. Psychiatry, 143, 1024-1027.

Assessment Modality

A self report measure.

Respondent

Instrument Details

Children and Adolescents
<20 minutes to administer and score
20

Publications & Presentations

Manual

Psychometric Properties

Psychometrics for Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale for Children (CES-DC) - John Seeley
Psychometrics for Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale for Children (CES-DC) - John Seeley