International Psychogeriatrics


A Revised CES-D Measure of Depressive Symptoms and a DSM-Based Measure of Major Depressive Episodes in the Elderly

Carolyn L. Turvey a1, Robert B. Wallace a1 and Regula Herzog a2
a1 Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
a2 Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

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turvey c   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
wallace r   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
herzog r   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 


This study examines the psychometric properties of two new abbreviated versions of standard measures of depression, a revised eight-item Center for Epidemiological Studies--Depression Scale (CES-D) and a short-form Composite International Diagnostic Interview (short-form CIDI). A sample of 6,133 elders, age 70 years or older, completed both measures as part of the Asset and Health Dynamics Study of the Oldest Old. The revised CES-D had an internal consistency and factor structure comparable to that of prior versions of the CES-D. The sources of discordance between the two measures were examined and the two measures were compared on self-report of four clinical variables: medical illness, physician diagnosis, psychiatric treatment, and antidepressant or tranquilizer use. Both measures were associated with self-report of physician diagnosis and psychiatric treatment. Respondents positive for depression on the CES-D reported higher rates of antidepressant use. Respondents positive on the short-form CIDI only did not report more antidepressant use than nondepressed respondents.

(Received April 21 1998)
(Accepted October 13 1998)