Purpose: Assess negative thinking patterns that interfere with optimal functioning
Candidates: 18 – 91 years
Administration: 10-15 minutes; 5 minutes to score
The Cognitive Distortion Scale (CDS) is a 40-item self-assessment of cognitive distortions, with scales reflecting five types of cognitive distortion:
Studies suggest that individuals with a history of child abuse or later personal trauma are especially likely to score in the clinical range on the CDS scales. Data presented in the CDS Professional Manual support use of this instrument in clinical and nonclinical contexts with adults who have no significant trauma history and those who have been traumatised.