Correspondence between self-ratings and key-workers' ratings of depression in adults with mild learning disabilities

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Objective.This study assessed the association between self-ratings and key-worker ratings of depression in people with mild learning disabilities.Method.The Zung Depression Scale was completed by 74 adults with mild learning disabilities and a modified version of the questionnaire was completed by two key-workers at two periods in time.Results.The correlations between ratings of depression by key-workers were high and key-worker ratings correlated significantly with self-rating. The depression scores were found to be temporally stable.Conclusions.The findings suggest that proxy raters appear to be able to make reliable and valid judgements about other people's self-reported levels of depression.

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