According to a study published in The Journal of Paediatrics, the Child Behavior Checklist has been able to predict the risk of children developing a major depressive disorder.

This study and its subjects was originally intended to be a study of youth both with and without ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) and then again checking on the subjects 10 years later as a comparison to see how the disorder changed over time. Upon starting the study, none of the children had been diagnosed with ADHD or and major depressive disorder. The subjects were split into four groups, those being:

 

  •    The control group
  •    Subsyndromal major depressive (some depressive symptoms but not enough to be classed as major depression, quite common)
  •    High risk
  •    High risk and Subsyndromal major depressive

This study and its subjects was originally intended to be a study of youth both with and without ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) and then again checking on the subjects 10 years later as a comparison to see how the disorder changed over time. Upon starting the study, none of the children had been diagnosed with ADHD or and major depressive disorder. The subjects were split into four groups, those being:

This study had 537 subjects between the ages of 6 and 17. 402 of these children came back 10-11 years later for the follow-up. The greatest risk for major depressive disorder group involved 22 children whose parents had a mood disorder and who had subsyndromal scores for both anxiety and/or depression.

The study showed that the Child Behaviour Checklist provided useful insights into the possibilities of children developing a major depressive disorder as well as anxiety disorders and the genetic risk of a child developing a major depressive disorder.

The outcome of this study, if further research proves successful, may be extremely helpful in identifying the risk of children developing major depressive disorders in the future and then treating them as soon as possible. You can find the checklist below.

Reference:

Uchida M, Fitzgerald M, Woodworth H, Carrellas N, Kelberman C, Biederman J. Subsyndromal manifestations of depression in children predict the development of major depression. J Pediatr. 2018 Oct;201:252-258.e1.