Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
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Raskin Rating Scale

  • Jessica FishEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1960




The Raskin Rating Scale is a brief, observer-rated scale used to identify and measure change in depressive symptoms. Ratings are made on 5-point scales, covering three domains: verbal report, behavior, and secondary symptoms, with examples from each category provided (e.g., under “verbal report” examples include: feels blue, talks of feeling helpless or worthless, complains of loss of interest).

Current Knowledge

The RDRS was developed with the aim of measuring treatment-related changes in depression. It is a brief measure, and there is evidence that it has good sensitivity (e.g., Harris et al. 1989), but it is also reported to have poor specificity, and is perhaps best used in conjunction with more specific measures. Dew et al. (2005) state that, in common with other rating scales for depression, its psychometric properties have not been well-documented, though there are indications that inter-rater reliability is acceptable (between 0.34–0.74 for...

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References and Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences UnitCambridgeUK