Supported by a Targeted Research Fund grant by the Department of Health in Western Australia.
Normative data for female adolescents with eating disorders on the Children's depression inventory
Article first published online: 4 MAY 2014
© 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 47, Issue 6, pages 666–670, September 2014
How to Cite
Watson, H. J., Egan, S. J., Limburg, K. and Hoiles, K. J. (2014), Normative data for female adolescents with eating disorders on the Children's depression inventory. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 47: 666–670. doi: 10.1002/eat.22294
- Issue published online: 16 JUL 2014
- Article first published online: 4 MAY 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 APR 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 13 APR 2014
- Children's depression inventory;
- eating disorders;
- HOPE Project;
Given the importance of assessing depressive symptoms and suicidal ideation in adolescents with eating disorders (EDs), the aim was to provide normative data on the Children's Depression Inventory (CDI) for female adolescents presenting for treatment of an ED.
The data source was the Helping to Outline Paediatric Eating Disorders (HOPE) Project registry (N = 1000), a prospective, ongoing registry study comprising consecutive pediatric tertiary ED referrals. Females (N = 256; 12–17 years) with DSM-5 EDs completed the CDI at intake.
Results on the CDI revealed a pattern of increasing depressive scores with age and higher scores among patients with anorexic spectrum disorders. The prevalence of suicidal ideation was high and had the same pattern as CDI scores. The mean score on the CDI in the sample was higher than community samples and clinical samples of adolescents with post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and other clinical disorders.
Females adolescents with EDs are at high-risk of depression and suicidal ideation. These data provide information about variation in CDI scores to guide clinicians in interpretation of scores. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2014; 47:666–670)