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FAQ: What Does Depression Screening for Children Involve?


Updated October 03, 2011

Answer: Depression screening describes the use of quick and simple tests to identify a person who may have currently have symptoms of depression. Typically, if a child screens positive for depression, he would receive further testing or evaluation to confirm a depression diagnosis, and to determine the severity of his symptoms.

For Example: The Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) or the Children's Depression Inventory (CDI) are brief tests that may be used for depression screening in children.


Robert J. Gregory. Psychological Testing: History, Principles, and Applications, 4th Edition. Boston, MA: Pearson Education Group, Inc.; 2004.

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