Children's Depression Inventory 2

Children's Depression Inventory 2 [CDI 2]
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For: A comprehensive multi-rater assessment of depressive symptoms in youth aged 7 to 17 years

Reading Level: 7-17 years

Format: Paper and pencil, Software, Online - MHS Online Assessment Center

Length: 5-15 minutes

Scoring: Handscored, Computer Scored or Online (MHS Online Assessment Center)

CD2001 CDI 2 Handscored Kit - $473.00
NEW! Available early 2011. Kit includes CDI 2 Manual, 25 each of Self-report, Self-report (short), Parent, and Teacher Quikscore forms).
Hand Scoring Materials
CD2000 CDI 2 Manual - $143.00
CD2002 CDI 2 Self-Report Quikscore Forms (25) - $93.50
Pack of 25 forms.
CD2003 CDI 2 Self-Report Short Quikscore Forms (25) - $93.50
Pack of 25 short forms.
CD2004 CDI 2 Parent Quikscore Forms (25) - $93.50
Pack of 25 Parent forms.
CD2005 CDI 2 Teacher Quickscore Forms (25) - $93.50
Pack of 25 teacher forms.
Computer Scoring Materials
CD2015 CDI 2 Complete Scoring Software Kit - $660.00
New! Available early 2011. Software kit includes CDI 2 Manual, CDI 2 Scoring Software (USB Key), 25 each of Self-Report, Self-Report Short, Parent, and Teacher Response Forms.
CD2017 CDI 2 Software Scoring Program (USB) - $209.00
Includes CDI 2 Software Scoring Installation and USB Key.
CD2018 CDI 2 Self-Report Response Forms (25) - $93.50
For use with CDI 2 scoring software.
CD2019 CDI 2 Self-Report Short Response Forms (25) - $93.50
For use with CDI 2 scoring software.
CD2020 CDI 2 Parent Response Forms (25) - $93.50
For use with CDI 2 scoring software.
CD2021 CDI 2 Teacher Response Forms (25) - $93.50
For use with CDI 2 scoring software.
Online Assessment Centre
CD2007 CDI 2 Self-Report Form - Online (each) - $5.94
For use with Online Assessment Center. Note: A minimum purchase of any combination of 10 online MAC forms applies per order.
CD2008 CDI 2 Self-Report Short Form - Online (each) - $5.94
For use with Online Assessment Center. Note: A minimum purchase of any combination of 10 online MAC forms applies per order.
CD2009 CDI 2 Parent Form - Online (each) - $5.94
For use with Online Assessment Center. Note: A minimum purchase of any combination of 10 online MAC forms applies per order.
CD2010 CDI 2 Teacher Form - Online (each) - $5.94
For use with Online Assessment Center. Note: A minimum purchase of any combination of 10 online MAC forms applies per order.
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Maria Kovacs, Ph.D.


The Children's Depression Inventory 2 (CDI 2) is a comprehensive multi-rater assessment of depressive symptoms in youth aged 7 to 17 years. Depressive symptomatology is quantified by the CDI 2 based on reports from children/adolescents, teachers and parents. Developed based on the Original CDI, the CDI 2 retains many of the essential features of its predecessor and introduces a number of important refinements. The updated version includes new items that focus on the core aspects of childhood depression, revised scales that are more reliable and valid, as well as new norms that are representative of the U.S. population. Also updated and enhanced are the normative samples of the Parent and Teacher forms. Together, the inventories are a family of tools that accurately assess the presence and the severity of depressive symptoms.

How to Use the Assessment

The CDI 2 is available in paper-and-pencil, software and online formats.

Paper-and-Pencil Administration and Scoring
All CDI 2 forms can be administered and scored using the MHS QuikScore format. The rater writes on the external layers of the form, and the results transfer through to a hidden scoring grid within the internal layers. The assessor then uses the internal layers for tabulating results. Each QuikScore form includes conversion tables, which are used to convert raw scores to T-scores. For individuals who wish to use software or online scoring, CDI 2 items are also available as Response/E-Paper forms that do not include the scoring pages.

Online Administration and Scoring - using the MHS Online Assessment Center
The CDI 2 can be completed and automatically scored online wherever an internet connection is available. Online administration allows the assessor the flexibility to send a link to each respondent to complete the assessment at a location convenient to the respondent (e.g. child care center, school). It also significantly reduces administration and data entry time. Assessors using online scoring have the option of printing E-Paper forms that can be scored online by entering responses from the paper-and-pencil administration into the online program.

Software Scoring
The CDI 2 can be scored using the scoring software by entering responses from a completed paper-and-pencil administration into the software program.


  • Emotional Problems
  • Functional Problems


  • Negative Mood
  • Negative Self-Esteem
  • Ineffectiveness
  • Interpersonal Problems


CDI 2: Self-Report (CDI 2:SR)
The full-length CDI 2 Self-Report Form is ideal when assessors require a more robust description of the child's depressive symptoms. The CDI 2:SR is 28-item assessment that yeilds a Total Score, two scale scores (Emotional Problems and Functional Problems), and four subscale scores.

CDI 2: Self-Report (Short) version (CDI 2:SR[S])
The CDI 2:SR(S) Form is an efficient screening measure that contains 12 items and takes about half the time of the full-length version to administer (5-10 minutes).The CDI 2:SR(S) has excellent psychometric properties and yields a Total Score that is generally very comparable to the one produced by the full-length version.

CDI: Teacher (CDI:T) and CDI: Parent (CDI:P)
The CDI:T and CDI:P Forms consist of items that correspond to the self-report version and are suitably rephrased. Item selection for the parent and teacher forms was guided to maximize validity, and thus focused on observable manifestations of depression

Technical Information

The CDI 2:SR normative sample (note that this is the same normative sample for the CDI:SR Short; CDI:SR[S]) includes 1,100 children aged 7 to 17 years from 26 different states in the U.S. The sample is evenly proportioned in terms of age and gender, with 50 males and 50 females at each age. The racial/ethnic distribution of the sample matches the U.S. census distribution very closely (i.e. all races were within 1% of Census targets, (based on the 2000 U.S. Census report). Overall, the normative sample includes a reasonable spread of geographical locations of all four major regions of the U.S.

A clinical sample of 319 youth aged 7-17 years (M age = 12.63 years, SD age = 3.02 years) diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD; 33.86%), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD; 28.21%), Conduct Disorder (CD; 14.11%), Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD; 13.79%), or Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD; 10.03%) was obtained.

Reporting Options 

There are three report types:

  • the Assessment Report (provides detailed results from one administration),
  • the Progress Report (provides an overview of change over time by combining results from up to four administrations), and
  • the Comparative Report (provides an overview of the child's symptoms from a multi-rater perspective and highlights inter-rater differences in scores from up to five different raters)

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