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Geriatric Depression Scale Short Form (GDS-SF)

The 15-item Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) short form is a shorter version of the Geriatric Depression Scale that measures depression in the elderly. It is a closed-ended questionnaire (yes/no) that demands few cognitive resources or time, and can be administered to individuals with cognitive deficits. It has shown to be successful in distinguishing depressed from non-depressed individuals. Items are highly correlated with each other (r = .84, p < .001), and validity has been well established using a sample of healthy older adults without dementia. The test consists of two factors: a) Life Satisfaction and b) General Depressive Affect, that are both stable across healthy and cognitively-impaired populations.

Brown, Patrick J., Woods, Carol M., & Storandt, Martha. (2007). Model stability of the 15-item Geriatric Depression Scale across cognitive impairment and severe depression. Psychology and Aging, Vol 22(2), 372-379. doi: 10.1037/0882-7974.22.2.372

Yesavage, J. A., Brink, T. L., Rose, T. L., Lum, O., Huang, V., Adey, M., & Leirer, O. (1983). Geriatric Depression Scale [Database record].
You are a
male | female
Yes No
1. Are you basically satisfied with your life?
2. Have you dropped many of your activities and interests?
3. Do you feel that your life is empty?
4. Do you often get bored?
5. Are you in good spirits most of the time?
6. Are you afraid that something bad is going to happen to you?
7. Do you feel happy most of the time?
8. Do you often feel helpless?
9. Do you prefer to stay at home, rather than going out and doing new things?
10. Do you frequently worry about the future?
11. Do you feel you have more problems with memory than most people?
12. Do you think it is wonderful to be alive?
13. Do you feel pretty worthless?
14. Do you feel that your situation is hopeless?
15. Do you think that most people are better off than you are?


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