Quantitative rating of depressive states

Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1975 Mar;51(3):161-70. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1975.tb00002.x.


A step-by-step analysis of Beck's and Hamilton's rating scales showed that both scales failed to differentiate adequately between moderate and severe depression measured by a global clinical assessment. Each item of the scales was tested for calibration, ascending monotonicity, and dispersion parallel to the clinical assessment. Twelve items of Beck's scale and six items of Hamilton's scale were found valid with respect to these criteria. Those items should be taken into account in future research for baseline ratings and for change ratings of depressive states quantitatively.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Depression / diagnosis*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales*