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Reynolds Child Depression Scale–2nd Edition

William M. Reynolds, PhD

Measures depressive symptoms in children in Grades 2-6
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect
Age range:
7 years to 13 years
10-15 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree, certificate, or license to practice in a health care profession or occupation, including (but not limited to) the following: medicine, neurology, nursing, occupational therapy and other allied health care professions, physician's assistants, psychiatry, social work; plus appropriate training and experience in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical behavioral assessment instruments. Certain health care providers may be eligible to purchase selected "B" and "C" level instruments within their area of expertise. Specifically, relevant supervised clinical experience using tests (i.e., internship, residency, etc.) in combination with formal coursework ( i.e., Tests and Measurement, Individual Assessment, or equivalent) qualifies a health care provider to purchase certain restricted products. Any PAR Customer already qualified to purchase a "B" or "C" level product, is also qualified to purchase an "S" level product. If you are not already qualified to purchase a "B"or "C" level product from PAR, please download and complete the special Qualification Form for Medical and Allied Health Professionals. (You will need Adobe Acrobat to view.) Close

Depression Test for Children


Designed to screen for depression in children, the RCDS-2 retains the 30 items used in the original measure but presents updated normative data. Children are asked to answer questions about how they have been feeling during the past 2 weeks. All items are worded in the present tense to elicit current symptoms status. A short form, ideal for screening, is also available. Learn more about the RCDS-2 Screening Form.

Features and benefits

  • Appropriate for children ages 7-13 years.
  • No scoring key is needed—the RCDS-2 form is presented in a convenient carbonless form. All administration and raw score information is presented in the brightly colored Test Booklet.
  • A new standardization sample of students drawn from 11 states is stratified to match U.S. Census statistics for gender and ethnic background. T scores and percentile ranges are provided for the total standardization sample, by gender, by grade, and by gender for each grade.
  • Maps onto the symptoms of depressive disorders outlined in the DSM-IV.