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Reynolds Adolescent Depression Scale

  1. William M. Reynolds

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0798

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Reynolds, W. M. 2010. Reynolds Adolescent Depression Scale. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

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  1. Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The Reynolds Adolescent Depression Scale (RADS) was first published in 1987 and since then has become one of the most used self-report measures of depression in adolescents. In 2002, the second edition of the RADS was published (RADS-2; Reynolds, 2002), which included the development of four empirically derived subscales that reliably evaluate meaningful components of depression in adolescents; extension of the age range to include 11- to 20-year-olds; a new standardization sample of 3,300 adolescents; standard scores (T scores) to assist in interpretation and comparisons across subscales; a new empirically derived clinical cutoff score; a quick scoring carbonless test protocol; and an expanded test manual with extensive psychometric information and interpretive procedures.


  • depression;
  • adolescents;
  • self-report