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5.8.3 – Depression

Measure (Authors, Year) Generic vs Specific, Purpose Administration, Number of Items, Number of Domains Measurement Properties

Centres for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D)35



Self-reported questionnaire

20 items

8 domains

Reliability: high internal reliability (α ≥ 0.85) and adequate test-retest reliability on a general adult population.

Validity: Concurrent construct validity on a general adult population. 

Demonstrated predictive construct validity and high internal consistency reliability on a population with Hepatitis C.36

35Radloff LS. The CES-D scale: a self-report depression scale for research in the general population. Appl. Psychol. Measure. 1977;1(3):385-401.

36Clark CH, Mahoney JS, Clark DJ, Eriksen LR. Screening for depression in a hepatitis C population: the reliability and validity of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D). J Adv Nurs. 2002 Nov;40(3):361-9. PubMed PMID: 12383188.