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Vol. 22 - Num. 86

Childhood and Adolescence PrevInfad/PAPPS Group

Screening for depression in childhood and adolescence (part 1)

Ana Gallego Iborraa, Jaime García Aguadob, Carmen Rosa Pallás Alonsoc, Álvaro Rando Diegod, M.ª José San Miguel Muñoze, Francisco Javier Sánchez Ruiz-Cabellof, Julia Colomer Revueltag, Olga Cortés Ricoh, M.ª Jesús Esparza Olcinab, José Galbe Sánchez-Venturai, José M.ª Mengual Gilj

aPediatra. CS Trinidad. Málaga. España.
bPediatra. Madrid. España.
cServicio de Neonatología. Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre. Madrid. España.
dPediatra. CS Mejorada del Campo. Velilla de San Antonio. Madrid. España.
ePediatra. CS Paterna. Valencia. España.
fPediatra. CS Zaidín Sur. Granada. España.
gDepartamento de Pediatría, Obstetricia y Ginecología. Unidad de Pediatría. Universidad de Valencia. Valencia. España.
hPediatra. CS Canillejas. Madrid. España.
iPediatra. CS Torrero La Paz. Zaragoza. España.
jPediatra. CS Delicias Sur. Zaragoza. España.

Correspondence: A Gallego. E-mail:

Reference of this article: Gallego Iborra A, García Aguado J, Pallás Alonso CR, Rando Diego A, San Miguel Muñoz MJ, Sánchez Ruiz-Cabello FJ, et al. Screening for depression in childhood and adolescence (part 1). Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2020;22:195-206.

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The depressive syndrome that appears during childhood or adolescence tends to follow a chronic course, with a high probability of remaining in adulthood. Its symptoms affect the daily life of the minor and in case of major depression, it poses a risk for the onset of suicidal behavior. Given the variability of its clinical manifestations and the difficulties in diagnosis, the possible usefulness of the use of screening questionnaires in the child and adolescent population is proposed, based on an analysis of their performance and the efficacy of current therapeutic measures.

This article, which has been divided in two parts, ends with several recommendations made by different work groups and, after analyzing the evidence, the ones that the PrevInfad group has agreed on for the consultation of pediatricians in Primary Care.


Depression Questionnaires Screening



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