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The Centre for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) is a short, 20-item self-report questionnaire asking about experience of depressive symptoms in the past week.


Criterion validity for major depression is good using the cut-off score of >16 (sensitivity 100%, specificity 88%) (Radloff, 1986).

See alsoEdit


  • Weismann, Sholomkas, Pottenger, Prusoff & Locke, (1977)Centre for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CES-D}

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