Depressive symptoms by self-report in adolescence: Phase I of the development of a questionnaire for depression by self-report

G. J. Emslie, W. A. Weinberg, A. J. Rush, R. M J W Adams Rintelmann

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As the first step in validating a criteria-based, self-report depression questionnaire specifically for children and adolescents and to determine the prevalence of self-reported depressive symptoms, we studied 3,294 high school students of mixed ethnic background in a large urban school district. They completed the Weinberg Screening Affective Scale. The 21-item Beck Depression Inventory was also completed to allow comparison with a previous study. The prevalence of clinically significant depressive symptoms suggesting depression by self-report ranged from 18% on the Beck Depression Inventory to 13% on the Weinberg Screening Affective Scale. Hispanic females had the highest scores, while white males had the lowest. Being behind in school, female, and nonwhite predicted more self-reported depressive symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)114-121
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Child Neurology
Volume5
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1990

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Depressive symptoms by self-report in adolescence : Phase I of the development of a questionnaire for depression by self-report. / Emslie, G. J.; Weinberg, W. A.; Rush, A. J.; Adams Rintelmann, R. M J W.

In: Journal of Child Neurology, Vol. 5, No. 2, 1990, p. 114-121.

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