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Reynolds Adolescent Depression Scale, 2nd Edition

William M. Reynolds, PhD

Identifies depressive symptoms in adolescents
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect
Age range:
11 years to 20 years
5-10 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree, certificate, or license to practice in a health care profession or occupation, including (but not limited to) the following: medicine, neurology, nursing, occupational therapy and other allied health care professions, physician's assistants, psychiatry, social work; plus appropriate training and experience in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical behavioral assessment instruments. Certain health care providers may be eligible to purchase selected "B" and "C" level instruments within their area of expertise. Specifically, relevant supervised clinical experience using tests (i.e., internship, residency, etc.) in combination with formal coursework ( i.e., Tests and Measurement, Individual Assessment, or equivalent) qualifies a health care provider to purchase certain restricted products. Any PAR Customer already qualified to purchase a "B" or "C" level product, is also qualified to purchase an "S" level product. If you are not already qualified to purchase a "B"or "C" level product from PAR, please download and complete the special Qualification Form for Medical and Allied Health Professionals. (You will need Adobe Acrobat to view.) Close

This 30-item self-report measures the four basic dimensions of depression: Dysphoric Mood, Anhedonia/Negative Affect, Negative Self-Evaluation, and Somatic Complaints. The RADS-2 standard scores and associated clinical cutoff score provide an indication of the clinical severity of the individual’s depressive symptoms. A short form, ideal for screening, is also available. Learn more about the RADS-2 Screening Form.

Features and benefits

  • A Depression Total score represents the overall severity of depressive symptomatology.
  • An empirically derived clinical cutoff score helps to identify adolescents who may be at risk for a depressive disorder or a related disorder. Data demonstrate the ability of this cutoff score to discriminate between adolescents with major depressive disorder and an age- and gender-matched control group.

Test structure

  • The six RADS-2 critical items are those that have been identified as being most predictive of a depressive disorder diagnosis.
  • Scores are plotted on a Summary/Profile Form, allowing comparison of elevations across subscales.
  • Administration and scoring are available 24/7 on PARiConnect, our online assessment platform. 

Technical information

  • Standardized with a school-based sample of 3,300 adolescents that was stratified to reflect 2000 U.S. Census statistics for gender and ethnicity.
  • Reliability and validity studies included a school-based sample of more than 9,000 adolescents and a clinical sample of adolescents with DSM-III-R or DSM-IV diagnoses who were evaluated in both school and clinical settings.

Available in Spanish

The RADS-2 Hand-Scorable Test Booklet is also available in Spanish. View or download the new Creation and Use of the RADS-2 and the RCDS-2:SF Spanish Translations white paper here or via the Resources tab above.