Assessment of depression in medically ill children presenting to pediatric specialty clinics.

TitleAssessment of depression in medically ill children presenting to pediatric specialty clinics.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsShemesh, E, Yehuda R, Rockmore L, Shneider BL, Emre S, Bartell AS, Schmeidler J, Annunziato RA, Stuber ML, Newcorn JH
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume44
Issue12
Pagination1249-57
Date Published2005 Dec
ISSN0890-8567
KeywordsAdolescent, Child, Chronic Disease, Comorbidity, Depressive Disorder, Female, Hospitals, Pediatric, Humans, Male, Medicine, New York City, Personality Assessment, Personality Inventory, Psychometrics, Referral and Consultation, Reproducibility of Results, Sick Role, Specialization
Abstract

Self-report measures of depression may be inaccurate when applied to medically ill children because of the overlap between medical and psychiatric symptoms. The American Academy of Pediatrics endorses the use of self-reports as diagnostic aids (used in patients who are suspected of having an emotional problem by their pediatricians). This approach has not been validated. We evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of the Children's Depression Inventory (CDI) in medically ill children who were referred for evaluation by their pediatricians.

DOI10.1111/j.1469-8986.2012.01383.x
Alternate JournalJ Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry