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(p. 131) Adult Depression 

(p. 131) Adult Depression
(p. 131) Adult Depression

Jacqueline B. Persons

, David M. Fresco

, and Juliet Small Ernst

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date: 04 December 2020

Abstract: This chapter focuses on the assessment of depression in adults. It focuses on major depressive disorder (MDD) because the empirical support for the tools and theories and therapies described in this chapter focuses most frequently on MDD. Many other disorders, as well as phenomena that are not disorders (e.g., grief), share features with MDD, and many of the assessment tools described in this chapter will be helpful in those cases as well. The chapter begins with an overview of the nature of the disorder, which is followed by reviews of assessment instruments designed for the purposes of (a) diagnosis, (b) case conceptualization and treatment planning, and (c) treatment monitoring and evaluation. We include recommendations for instruments that have the greatest scientific support and that assess depression in a clinically sensitive manner.

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