Children's Depression Inventory 2™
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Children's Depression Inventory 2™
(CDI 2)


Overview: A brief self-report test that helps assess cognitive, affective and behavioral signs of depression in children and adolescents 7 to 17 years old.

Age Range: 7 through 17 years

Reading Level: 2nd grade

Administration: Paper-and-pencil; CDI 2: 15-20 minutes; CDI 2 Short: 5 minutes

Forms: Two: CDI 2 and CDI 2 Short

Publication Date: 2010


Product Details

The Children’s Depression Inventory 2 contains 28 items, each of which consists of three statements. For each item, the individual is asked to select the statement that best describes his or her feelings. The assessment is designed for a variety of situations, including schools, child guidance clinics, pediatric practices, and child psychiatric settings.

How to Use This Test

The Children’s Depression Inventory 2 is used by clinicians and counselors to help:

  • Assess self-reported key symptoms of depression, such as a child’s feelings of worthlessness and loss of interest in activities
  • Support early identification and diagnosis
  • Conduct clinical research

Key Features

  • Brief and easy to administer, items target core aspects of childhood depression.
  • Multi-rater system allows for comprehensive evaluation
  • Short, 10-item version available
  • Specially-designed QuikScore™ format allows you to score and evaluate results easily.


  • Emotional Problems
  • Functional Problems


  • Negative Mood/Physical Symptoms
  • Negative Self-Esteem
  • Interpersonal Problems
  • Ineffectiveness


The CDI 2 normative sample 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 to 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%), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD; 13.79%), or Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD; 10.03%) was obtained.


The test is hand-scored.

Profile Report
Presents a total score as well as scores for each scale

Pricing & Ordering

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Order Components

Manual Scoring
  • Kits



  • CDI 2 Complete Kit
    Includes manual and forms (25) for each of the Long version, Short version, Parent Report and Teacher Report.
  • Manuals



  • CDI 2 Manual
  • Administration Materials



  • CDI 2 QuikScore™ Forms - Parent Report
    Pkg of 25
  • CDI 2 QuikScore™ Forms - Self-Report - Short Version
    Pkg of 25
  • CDI 2 QuikScore™ Forms - Teacher Report
    Pkg of 25
  • CDI 2 QuikScore™ Forms - Self-Report - Long Version
    Pkg of 25
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