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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
RCDS-2: 10-15 minutes; RCDS-2:SF: 2-3 minutes
Qualification level:
All qualifications for Level B plus an advanced professional degree that provides appropriate training in the administration and interpretation of psychological tests, or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

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.

Updated normative metrics and an expanded age range improve utility

  • Now appropriate for children ages 7-13 years.
  • No scoring key is needed—the RCDS-2 form is presented in a convenient carbonless form. All scoring and administration 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™.
  • Critical items are clearly marked on the scoring sheet, alerting you that your client may need immediate attention.
  • All items are presented in a 4- or 5-point rating scale format, making them easy for children to answer.
  • A clinical cutoff score helps determine whether a child should be referred for further evaluation.
  • Administration and scoring are available on PARiConnect, our online assessment platform.

Short form is ideal when time is limited or for group screening

  • The RCDS-2:SF includes 11 of the most critical RCDS-2 items and takes just 2-3 minutes to administer.
  • Helps determine whether a client should be administered the full RCDS-2.
  • Available on PARiConnect.