(MDI-C) Multiscore Depression Inventory for Children

by David J. Berndt, PhD, and Charles F. Kaiser, PhD

(MDI-C) Multiscore Depression Inventory for Children

by David J. Berndt, PhD, and Charles F. Kaiser, PhD
Benefits Gives you the child's view of his or her emotional world, tapping mood states that tend to be stable and persistent
Ages 8 to 17 years
Admin time 15-20 minutes
Norms Separated by age and sex and based on a national sample of more than 1,400 normal children and adolescents
Publish Date 1996
Qualifications Level C required.
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Translation Available in French
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BY DAVID J. BERNDT, PHD AND CHARLES F. KAISER, PHD

This unique self-report inventorywith items written by children assesses depression in 8- to 17-year-olds. A downward extension of the highly regarded Multiscore Depression Inventory, the MDI-C lets youngsters indicate how they feel, giving you a childs-eye view of their emotional world. Its ideal for both routine screening and clinical assessment.
The MDI-C is the first measure of childhood depression with items created by children, written in their own words. During test development, children between 8 and 13 years of age reviewed MDI-C items, and items were revised, reworded, or added based on their suggestions. Consequently, MDI-C items have excellent face validity. Written at a second-grade reading level, theyre brief, easy to understand, and meaningful to children.
Completed in just 15 to 20 minutes, the MDI-C includes 79 true-false items on eight scales:

  • Anxiety
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Introversion
  • Instrumental Helplessness
  • Sad Mood
  • Pessimism
  • Low Energy
  • Defiance

The inventory provides raw scores, percentiles, and normalized T-scores for each scale, plus a Total Score. An Infrequency Index tells you whether the child has responded in a careless or erratic way. And one item on the inventory functions as a Suicide Risk Indicator. Norms, separated by age and sex, are based on a national sample of more than 1,400 normal children and adolescents from 8 to 17 years of age.
The MDI-C can be used to assess a wide range of children, including both mildly and severely depressed youngsters. Because it measures various depression-related features separately, the inventory can help in planning treatment and monitoring its progress over time. The MDI-C taps mood states that tend to be stable and persistentit is comparatively insensitive to transient fluctuations in affect. Therefore, it can reliably assess real change in overall emotional well-being and in specific feelings, such as anxiety.

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