Measurement of depression: Comparison between self-reports and clinical assessments of depressed outpatients

  • Aquilino Polaino
  • Carmen Senra


Agreement among several depression scales was investigated as regard the relative influences of administration mode (self-rating or clinical rating) and scale content. The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), the Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS), the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD), and three corresponding scales with identical structure and content but the alternative administration mode were administered to 47 outpatients with diagnoses of DSM-III major depression disorders. Correlations between the total scores and the degrees of association between corresponding items of different scales were calculated. The results suggest that differences in content contribute more to inter-scale discrepancy than differences in administration mode. The implications for the evaluation of outpatients with major depression are discussed.

Key words

Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS) Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD) interscale agreement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aquilino Polaino
    • 1
  • Carmen Senra
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Personalidad, Evaluación y Psicología ClínicaUniversidad Complutense de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Psicología Clínica y Psicobiología, Facultad de PsicologíaUniversidad de Santiago de CompostelaCoruñaSpain

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