What is the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS)?

Updated: Oct 07, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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The Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS), although developed for older adults, has also been validated in younger adults. The GDS comprises 30 items; a short-form GDS has 15 items (see the images below).

Geriatric Depression Scale. Geriatric Depression Scale.
Geriatric Depression Scale-Short. Geriatric Depression Scale-Short.

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