This 15-question short version of the Geriatric Depression Rating Scale is intended to highlight the presence of depressive symptoms in older people.
Completing this Psychological Screening Test
To take the questionnaire, please click the radio button next to the selection which best reflects how each statement applies to you. The items refer to how you have felt and behaved over the last week.
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Please note: This test will only be scored correctly if you answer each one of the questions. Please also check our disclaimer on psychological testing and our psychological testing privacy guarantee.
About Scoring this Psychological Questionnaire
This quiz is scored by allocating 1 point to each ‘depressive’ answer, where the answer associated with depression is ‘yes’ for each question except for questions 1, 5, 7, 11, and 13.
Screening test scoring ranges:
- 0 to 4, Normal Range
- 5 to 8, Mild Depression
- 9 to 11, Moderate Depression
- 12 to 15, Severe Depression
When your quiz is scored, one of 4 different information pages will appear to describe the results for scores in your range.
This scale was developed as a basic screening measure for depression in older adults.
Original references include:
Brink TL, Yesavage JA, Lum O, Heersema P, Adey MB, Rose TL. (1982) ‘Screening tests for geriatric depression’, Clinical Gerontologist 1: 37-44.
Yesavage JA, Brink TL, Rose TL, Lum O, Huang V, Adey MB, Leirer VO. (1983) ‘Development and validation of a geriatric depression screening scale: A preliminary report’, Journal of Psychiatric Research 17: 37-49.
Sheikh JI, Yesavage JA. (1986). ‘Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS): Recent evidence and development of a shorter version’, in Clinical Gerontology : A Guide to Assessment and Intervention, pp. 165-173. NY: The Haworth Press.
Sheikh JI, Yesavage JA, Brooks JO, III, Friedman LF, Gratzinger P, Hill RD, Zadeik A, Crook T. (1991) ‘Proposed factor structure of the Geriatric Depression Scale’, International Psychogeriatrics 3: 23-28.