Depression Assessment Questionnaire KPD soon available for purchase!


The questionnaire consists of 75 statements which respondent handles using a 4-grades scale. The items are selected to reflect basic symptoms related to decreasing mood such as energy loss, anhedonia, suicidal thoughts, pessimism and guilt-feeling.

KPD can be used both in clinical assessment and in scientific research. The psychometric indices obtained for KPD allow to recommend it not only for screening assessment (helping to select people with depression risk - also among school children) but also for individual assessment. It can also be very helpful in monitoring illness and therapy progress.

The scores are defined by five scales:

COGNITIVE DEFICITS AND ENERGY LOSS (DPUE) : scale related to the assessment of cognitive and behavioral difficulties. The statements refer to the subjective feeling of efficiency in cognitive processes such as: attention, learning and memory, psychomotoric speed, executive functions.

THINKING OF DEATH, PESSIMISM AND ALIENATION (MSPA): scale examining withdrawal and resignation. The statements refer to the subjective loss of life meaning, the feeling of void and hopelessness which are essential for depressive disorders.

GUILT FEELING AND ANXIETY TENSION (PWNL): scale related to emotional problems, mainly guilt feelings and anxiety. The items refer to diverse negative emotions experienced by persons suffering from depression. Emotions measured by the scale include guilt and punishment feelings, agitation, anxiety and sadness.

PSYCHOSOMATIC SYMPTOMS AND DECREASE OF INTEREST (OPSZ): scale measuring disorders in psychophysical activities and related to the subjective assessment of one's own health. The items refer to decrease of such psychophysiological activities as moving, sleep, wakefulness or interest in sex, as well as decrease in pleasure feeling.

SELF-REGULATION  (SR): scale measuring subject's psychological resources that may be mobilized to prevent depression. These resources are related to the processes of emotional and cognitive-behavioral self-regulation. The scale consists of questions which reflect willingness to perform activities and overcome difficulties, active coping and capability to think positively and not to give up, as well as optimism.

Apart from scores in particular scales the total score can be calculated which is a sum of scores in the DPUE, MSPA, PWNL and OPSZ scales and a general index of intensity of depressive symptoms.

The KPD questionnaire will be available for purchase in November.



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