Bernard Carroll, M.B, Ph.D
The CDS-R is a 61 item, self report inventory which includes all the symptoms of depressive disorders specified in DSM-IV, viz: Major Depression; Dysthymic Disorder; Melancholic Features and Atypical Features. It was derived from the 17 item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale.
Included in these scales, is the Brief CDS, a 12 item self report measure, designed as an efficient screening instrument.
Both the CDS-R and the Brief CDS use a simple Yes/No format, reducing the complexity required by other depression scales and making it particularly useful for those with a significant clinical depression and/or the elderly.
The CDS-R displays excellent levels of both sensitivity and specificity for depression.
Validation studies were conducted in both Australia and the U.S.
- Australian author.
- Includes DSM-IV symptomology.
- Low reading age, simple format.
- Brief form for screening.
The CDS-R may be be computer scored. The CDS Version 5 for Windows software (Smartlink) combines the CDS'reliability and validity with easy scoring and provides automatically generated reports for both the CDS-R and Brief CDS. Respondents can enter their answers directly into the computer or an administrator can enter responses from a previously completed paper & pencil administration.
The Profile Report provides results for a single CDS administration.
Comparative Reports are provided free of charge once two to four computer administrations have been completed, and graphically compares the results from these administrations.
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