Childrens Depression Inventory 2 cdi-2

For: A comprehensive multi-rater assessment of depressive symptoms in youth aged 7 to 17 years

Reading Level: Ages 7 to 17 years

Format: Paper-and-Pencil,  Online (via MHS Online Assessment Center+)

Length: 5-15 minutes

Scoring: Hand Scored, Online

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Minimum order - 5 online reports



CDI 2 Manual

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Paper Forms and Hand Scoring Materials


CDI 2 Parent Quikscore Forms (25)

Pack of 25 Parent forms.
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CDI 2 Self-Report Quikscore Forms (25)

Pack of 25 forms.
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CDI 2 Self-Report Short Quikscore Forms (25)

Pack of 25 short forms.
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CDI 2 Teacher Quickscore Forms (25)

Pack of 25 teacher forms.
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Online Forms, Administrations and Reports


CDI 2 Parent Online Report (each)

Administration & scoring. For use with MHS Assessment Center+ (MAC+) online platform. Minimum purchase 5 reports.
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CDI 2 Teacher Online Report (each)

Administration & scoring. For use with MHS Assessment Center+ (MAC+) online platform. Minimum purchase 5 reports.
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CDI 2 Self Online Report (each)

Administration & scoring. For use with MHS Assessment Center+ (MAC+) online platform. Minimum purchase 5 reports.
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CDI 2 Self Short Online Report (each)

Administration & scoring. For use with MHS Assessment Center+ (MAC+) online platform. Minimum purchase 5 reports.
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Sample Reports

CDI 2 Parent Assessment Report_SAMPLE
CDI 2 Comparative Report_SAMPLE
CDI 2 Self-Report Assessment Report_SAMPLE
CDI 2 Self-Report Short Assessment Report_SAMPLE
CDI 2 Self-Report Short Progress Report_SAMPLE
CDI 2 Teacher Assessment Report_SAMPLE
CDI 2 Teacher Progress Report_SAMPLE
CDI 2 Parent Progress Report_SAMPLE


Maria Kovacs, Ph.D.


The Children's Depression Inventory 2 (CDI 2) is a comprehensive multi-rater assessment of depressive symptoms in youth aged 7 to 17 years. Depressive symptomatology is quantified by the CDI 2 based on reports from children/adolescents, teachers and parents. Developed based on the Original CDI, the CDI 2 retains many of the essential features of its predecessor and introduces a number of important refinements. The updated version includes new items that focus on the core aspects of childhood depression, revised scales that are more reliable and valid, as well as new norms that are representative of the U.S. population. Also updated and enhanced are the normative samples of the Parent and Teacher reports. Together, the inventories are a family of tools that accurately assess the presence and the severity of depressive symptoms.

How to Use the Assessment

The CDI 2 is available in paper-and-pencil and online formats.

Paper-and-Pencil Administration and Scoring

All CDI 2 forms may be administered and scored using the MHS QuikScore format. The rater writes on the external layers of the form, and the results transfer through to a hidden scoring grid within the internal layers. The assessor then uses the internal layers for tabulating results. Each QuikScore form includes conversion tables, which are used to convert raw scores to T-scores. For individuals who wish to use software or online scoring, CDI 2 items are also available as Response/E-Paper forms that do not include the scoring pages.

Online Administration and Scoring - using the MHS Online Assessment Center+

The CDI 2 may be completed and automatically scored online wherever an internet connection is available. Online administration allows the assessor the flexibility to send a link to each respondent to complete the assessment at a location convenient to the respondent (e.g., child care centre, school). It also significantly reduces administration and data entry time. Assessors using online scoring have the option of printing E-Paper forms that may be scored online by entering responses from the paper-and-pencil administration into the online program.


  • Emotional Problems
  • Functional Problems


  • Negative Mood
  • Negative Self-Esteem
  • Ineffectiveness
  • Interpersonal Problems


CDI 2: Self (CDI 2:SR)

The full-length CDI 2 Self Report is ideal when assessors require a more robust description of the child's depressive symptoms. The CDI 2:SR is 28-item assessment that yields a Total Score, two scale scores (Emotional Problems and Functional Problems), and four subscale scores.

CDI 2: Self (Short) version (CDI 2:SR[S])

The CDI 2:SR(S) Report is an efficient screening measure that contains 12 items and takes about half the time of the full-length version to administer (5-10 minutes).The CDI 2:SR(S) has excellent psychometric properties and yields a Total Score that is generally very comparable to the one produced by the full-length version.

CDI: Teacher (CDI:T) and CDI: Parent (CDI:P)

The CDI:T and CDI:P Reports consist of items that correspond to the self-report version and are suitably rephrased. Item selection for the parent and teacher forms was guided to maximize validity, and thus focused on observable manifestations of depression.

Technical Information

The CDI 2:SR normative sample (note that this is the same normative sample for the CDI:SR Short; CDI:SR[S]) includes 1,100 children aged 7 to 17 years from 26 different states in the U.S.  The sample is evenly proportioned in terms of age and gender, with 50 males and 50 females at each age. The racial/ethnic distribution of the sample matches the U.S. census distribution very closely (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 7-17 years (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%), Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD; 13.79%), or Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD; 10.03%) was obtained.

Reporting Options

There are three report types:

  1. Assessment Report (provides detailed results from one administration),
  2. Progress Report (provides an overview of change over time by combining results from up to four administrations), and
  3. Comparative Report (provides an overview of the child's symptoms from a multi-rater perspective and highlights inter-rater differences in scores from up to five different raters)

MHS Online Assessment Center+ (MAC+) 

The MHS Online Assessment Center+ offers access to online forms, administration scoring and report generation at a fraction of the cost of traditional paper or software assessments. If you choose to purchase online reports on the MHS Online Assessment Center+, you will:

  • Save time, by never having to order paper forms again
  • Enjoy the convenience of assessing tests from your home, your office, and anywhere with a computer and internet connection
  • Receive instantly generated reports
  • Benefit from significant cost savings

View the list of online reports available in the MHS Online Assessment Center+.

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