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Tool Information

Settings: Education
MHP Steps: Follow Up | Implementation | Preparation | Needs Analysis
Country of Origin: United States
Languages: Asturian | Catalan | Dutch | English | French | German | Hungarian | Italian | Japanese | Lithuanian | Norwegian | Polish | Russian | Swedish | Turkish
URL: Click here for Tool Website
Publication Information: The CDI was first published by Maria Kovacs in 1992. It was developed because depression in young children is often difficult to diagnose, and also because depression was regarded as an adult disorder until the 1970s. Read more:

Evaluation: Yes
Available Formats: Paper Based | Soft Copy
Free: No
Restrictions on Use: Yes
Tool Focus: Individual
Tool Type: Evaluation Tool
Download(s): CDI info - 196 KB

Tool Description

CDI, created by Maria Kovacs, evaluates the presence and severity of specific depressive symptoms in children so that you can develop a targeted treatment plan. It is commonly administered in schools, guidance clinics, and medical pediatric settings by psychologists, social workers, counselors, and mental health professionals. Key areas measured: negative mood, interpersonal problems, ineffectiveness, anhedonia, negative self-esteem. CDI is applicable for ages 7-17 and it uses self-report, parent-completed report and teacher-completed. Administration time on average is 10–30 minutes.

Tool Characteristics

Application in the Field: Applied internationally
Tool mainly used in: United States
Stage of Development: Well established
Evaluation and Research: Studies/Technical Data available
Beneficiary Involvement in Design: No information found

Evaluation Description

Saylor, Conway Fleming and others (1984, "The Children's Depression Inventory: A Systematic Evaluation of Psychometric Properties" in Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, v52 n6 p955-67 ) studied the psychometric properties of the Children's Depression Inventory (CDI). Subjects included 294 school children and 269 children who were psychiatric inpatients. Results showed the CDI can distinguish children with emotional distress from normal school children.

Contact Details

Contact Name: Maria Kovacs
Organisation Name: Multi Health Systems Inc.
Address: P.O. Box 950 North Tonawanda, NY
Postal Code: 14120-0950
Country: United States
Telephone: 1 800 456 3003

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