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Reynolds Child Depression Scale, 2nd Edition: Short Form

William M. Reynolds, PhD

Screens for depressive symptoms in children in Grades 2-6
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect
Age range:
7 years to 11 years
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

NEW! The RCDS-2:SF Test Form is now available in Spanish. View or download the new Creation and Use of the RADS-2 and the RCDS-2:SF Spanish Translations white paper here or via the Resources tab above.

Designed to screen for depression in children, the RCDS-2:SF includes 11 of the most critical RCDS-2 items and takes just 2-3 minutes to administer. 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.

Features and benefits

  • Appropriate for children ages 7-13 years.
  • A new standardization sample of students drawn from 11 states is stratified to match U.S. Census statistics for gender and ethnic background.
  • Maps onto the symptoms of depressive disorders outlined in the DSM-IV.
  • All items are presented in a 4- or 5-point rating scale format, making them easy for children to answer.
  • Administration and scoring are available on PARiConnect, our online assessment platform.