Computerized depression screening and awareness

Community Ment Health J. 1998 Feb;34(1):27-38. doi: 10.1023/a:1018760128239.


The DEPRESSION Awareness, Recognition and Treatment (D/ART) program under the sponsorship of the National Institutes of Health has made consistent efforts to help educate many communities around the nation about depression. One important aspect of this effort includes offering free screening for depression to the general public. Since new technology often promotes curiosity and interest, a computerized depression screening and awareness program was created to use at fairs and other local events. Individuals who participated completed a computerized version of the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depressed Mood Scale (CES-D) and then received a one page printout that described the common symptoms of depression, a score indicative of their level of depressed mood, a brief explanation of the score, and a telephone number where additional information could be obtained. This paper details the construction of the computerized version of the CES-D including an evaluation of psychometric properties and consumer satisfaction with the program.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Computers
  • Awareness*
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / prevention & control*
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening*
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality Inventory* / statistics & numerical data
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Software