(RCSD2) Reynolds Child Depression Scale- 2nd Edition

by William M. Reynolds, PhD

(RCSD2) Reynolds Child Depression Scale- 2nd Edition

by William M. Reynolds, PhD
Benefits Measures depressive symptoms in children in Grades 2-6
Ages 7 to 13 years
Admin time RCDS-2: 10-15 minutes; RCDS-2:SF: 2-3 minutes
Format Individual or group
Publish Date 2010
Qualifications Level C required.
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Designed to screen for depression in children, the RCDS-2 retains the 30 items used in the original measure but presents updated normative data. Children are asked to answer questions about how they have been feeling during the past 2 weeks. All items are worded in the present tense to elicit current symptoms status.

Updated normative metrics and an expanded age range improve utility

  • Now appropriate for children ages 7-13 years.
  • No scoring key is needed—the RCDS-2 form is presented in a convenient carbonless form. All scoring and administration information is presented in the brightly colored Test Booklet.
  • A new standardization sample of students drawn from 11 states is stratified to closely match U.S. Census data for gender and ethnic background. T scores and percentile ranges are provided for the total standardization sample, by gender, by grade, and by gender for each grade.
  • Maps onto the symptoms of depressive disorders outlined in the DSM-IV™.
  • Critical items are clearly marked on the scoring sheet, alerting you that your client may need immediate attention.
  • All items are presented in a 4- or 5-point rating scale format, making them easy for children to answer.
  • A clinical cutoff score helps you to determine whether a child should be referred for further assistance.

Short form is ideal when time is limited or for group screening

  • The RCDS-2:SF includes 11 of the 30 RCDS-2 items but features many of the critical items from the full version.
  • The short form can be administered in just 2 to 3 minutes and can help you determine whether your client should be administered the full RCDS-2.