CLINICAL EVALUATION OF A SELF-RATING SCALE FOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER IN CHILDHOOD (DEPRESSION SELF-RATING SCALE)
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2006
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume 28, Issue 1, pages 43–60, January 1987
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Birleson, P., Hudson, I., Buchanan, D. G. and Wolff, S. (1987), CLINICAL EVALUATION OF A SELF-RATING SCALE FOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER IN CHILDHOOD (DEPRESSION SELF-RATING SCALE). Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 28: 43–60. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.1987.tb00651.x
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2006
- Accepted manuscript received 12 March 1986
- rating-scale clinical evaluation
Abstract The many conceptual and methodological difficulties involved in evaluating depression rating scales for children arc discussed.
A clinical validation of the Depression Self Rating Scale for Children (DSRSC) is described. The instrument is easy to use and has a predictive value comparable with that of a psychiatric global rating of depressed appearance and history of depression obtained at interview. There was confirmation that the: DSRSC can tap an internal dimension of depression and that children are able lo evaluate their feeling stales. An examination of misclassified children pointed to diagnostic overlap and some unreliability of diagnosis by clinicians.