Childhood depressive disorders frequently go unrecognised.
This study explores how a decline in school functioning (often
associated with depressive disorders) can be identified by
teachers using an 8-item questionnaire. Trained teachers
recognised changes in the school functioning of 165 children
aged 10 - 14 years, which were associated with possible
depressive disorders (‘screen positives’) as identified by the
Depression Self-Rating Scale (DSRS).