The Children's Depression Rating Scale - Revised (CDRS™-R) offers an efficient way to diagnose childhood depression and monitor treatment response. It captures slight but notable changes in symptoms in children 6-12 years of age.
Unlike self-report inventories, the CDRS-R not only assesses depression, but also takes the first step in the therapeutic process. A direct interview engages children who are isolated and withdrawn (as most depressed children are), bringing them into positive contact and interaction.
The CDRS-R Manual provides information on: