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Clinical Assessment of Depression

Bruce A. Bracken, PhD, and Karen Howell, PhD

Assesses depressive symptomatology
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect, E-Manual
Age range:
8 years to 79 years
10 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

Test for Depression Symptomatology in Children, Adolescents, and Adults


The CAD is a 50-item self-report instrument that is sensitive to depressive symptomatology throughout the life span. It is closely aligned with the hallmarks of depression in children, adolescents, and adults as well as the additional seven criteria for major depressive episodes listed in the DSM-IV-TR.

Features and benefits

  • The CAD Total Scale, symptom scales (i.e., Depressed Mood, Anxiety/Worry, Diminished Interest, Cognitive and Physical Fatigue), and critical item clusters (i.e., Hopelessness, Self-Devaluation, Sleep/Fatigue, Failure, Worry, Nervous) represent a well-defined and theoretically supported measure of depressive symptomatology.
  • Three validity scales—Inconsistency, Negative Impression, and Infrequency—make the assessment more efficient than other well-known depression assessment scales (e.g., BDI®-II, Hamilton Depression Inventory).
  • Critical item clusters identify behaviors with known risk factors for potential self-harm.