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Depression Measurement Instruments: An Overview of the Top Depression Rating Scales

Version 1 : Received: 15 December 2016 / Approved: 16 December 2016 / Online: 16 December 2016 (07:57:02 CET)

How to cite: Morgan, J.H. Depression Measurement Instruments: An Overview of the Top Depression Rating Scales. Preprints 2016, 2016120083 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201612.0083.v1). Morgan, J.H. Depression Measurement Instruments: An Overview of the Top Depression Rating Scales. Preprints 2016, 2016120083 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201612.0083.v1).

Abstract

The range of rating instruments in depression measurement and the depth of their analytical relevance constitutes a major development in this psychiatric and psychotherapeutic field of mental health. Though the competition is acute amongst these various instruments, the results for the public have been outstandingly positive. A depression rating scale is essentially a psychiatric measuring instrument utilized in the identification and ranking of depression severity within the patient. The scale provides the practitioner, psychiatrist or psychotherapist, with sufficient information to assess the severity of the depression plotted on the scale. Not used as a “diagnostic tool” itself, nevertheless, the depression rating scale does function as an effective device for designating and assigning a behavioral score which may, then, be used in establishing the severity of depression of value in the designation of a diagnosis and treatment formula. In this paper, we will take a close look at the leading depression rating scales and briefly summarize their scope of assessment value in rating depression.

Subject Areas

depression; measurement scale; ratings; literature review

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