Depression in Children and Adolescents: Screening
Release Date: March 2009
This topic is in the process of being updated. Please go to the Update in Progress section to see the latest documents available.
Summary of Recommendations
|Adolescents, 12-18 years of age, in Clinical Practices with Systems of Care|
The USPSTF recommends screening of adolescents (12-18 years of age) for major depressive disorder (MDD) when systems are in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, psychotherapy (cognitive-behavioral or interpersonal), and follow-up.
|The USPSTF recommends the service. There is high certainty that the net benefit is moderate or there is moderate certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial.|
|Children, 7-11 years of age|
The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening of children (7-11 years of age).
|The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of the service. Evidence is lacking, of poor quality, or conflicting, and the balance of benefits and harms cannot be determined.|
This recommendation updates the USPSTF's 2002 recommendation on Screening for Depression with respect to children and adolescents. Go to http://ww.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Topic/recommendation-summary/depression-in-adults-screening to view the updated recommendation for adults.
Go to the Clinical Considerations section for suggestions for practice when the evidence is insufficient.
Select for a Clinical Summary of this recommendation and suggestions for clinical practice.
Related Information for Health Professionals
- 9-Question Patient Health Questionnaire - Depression Screener
- Beck Depression Inventory-Primary Care Version [BDI-PC]
- Depression Screener from the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D)
- Screening for Depression in Children and Adolescents - Clinical Summary of USPSTF Recommendation, 2009
- USPSTF: Focus on Children & Adolescents Webpage
Internet Citation: Final Update Summary: Depression in Children and Adolescents: Screening. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. July 2015.