Geriatric Depression Scale

Geriatric Depression Scale

Definition

The Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) is a self-rating depression screening scale for elderly populations. The GDS is specifically designed to screen and measure depression in older adults. It contains 30 forced-choice “yes” or “no” questions, a format that is helpful for individuals with cognitive dysfunction. Questions relate to how an individual has felt in a specified time frame. It takes five to seven minutes to complete the questionnaire.

Domains

Depression

Administrations

Self administered

Assessment type

Clinical

Assessment modes

Questionnaire

Eligibility

Over 55 years

Estimated time

5-7 minutes

Attribution

Yesavage, J.A., Brink, T.L., Rose, T.L., Lum, O., Huang, V., Adey, M., & Leirer, V.O. (1982-1983). Development and validation of a Geriatric Depression Screening Scale: A preliminary report. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 17(1), 37-49.