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The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), developed for use with adults, has potential with adolescents.
To test the HADS's validity with adolescents.
The HADS was given to 248 schoolchildren and to 48 psychiatric outpatients and 38 deliberate self-harm inpatients aged 12–17, and validated against ICD–10 diagnoses for the out-patients.
The HADS has adequate test-retest reliability and factor structure, and discriminates between adolescents diagnosed with depressive or anxiety disorders and those without these diagnoses.
The psychometric properties of the HADS and its shortness make it useful for screening and in clinical settings with adolescents.