Title

Assessment of Childhood Depression: Sampling Multiple Data Sources with One Instrument

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment

Volume

11

Issue

3

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Publication Date

1993

First Page

242

Last Page

249

DOI

10.1177/073428299301100304

Abstract

The low correspondence among reporting sources in the measurement of childhood depression is well documented. However, no effort has been made to quantify the effects of using different measures with different sources. In this research the administration of the Peer Nomination Inventory of Depression (PNID) was modified to obtain three scores: (1) each child's rating of depression as given by his/her peers; (2) each child's self-rating of depression and (3) the number of times children assigned ratings of depression to others. The Children's Depression Inventory (CDI) was administered for comparative purposes. Results suggest that differences in test items and formats can explain some, but not all, of the low correlations among reporting sources. Gender differences in the three modified PNID scores also were investigated.

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