Children’s Perceptions of Others’ Depression Scale- Mother Version (CPOD-MV)


Author of Tool: 

Goodman, Tully, Connell, Hartman, & Huh

Key references: 

Goodman, S. H., Tully, E., Connell, A. M., Hartman, C. L., & Huh, M. (2011). Measuring children’s perceptions of their mother’s depression: The children’s perceptions of others’ depression scale- mother version. Journal of Family Psychology25, 163-173

Goodman, S. H. (2007). Depression in mothers. In S. Nolen-Hoeksema, T. D. Cannon, & T. Widiger (Eds.), Annual review of clinical psychology (Vol. 3, pp. 107–135). Palo Alto: Annual Reviews.

Primary use / Purpose: 

The CPOD-MV assesses children’s understanding and beliefs about their mother’s depression. It is designed for use with adolescents and children over the age of 10.


Research has shown that depression in mothers can have an adverse effect on the psychological functioning and development of their children (Goodman, 2007). The Children’s Perception of Other’s Depression Scale- Mother Version (CPOD-MV) is a 21 item measure that examines children’s perceptions of the chronicity, severity, and impairment of their mother’s depression. It also assesses whether they feel they are responsible for their mother’s depression and whether they feel able to deal with their mother’s depression. 

Scores on the CPOD-MV have been found to be significantly correlated with variables like self-esteem, anxiety, depression, self-reported behavior problems, and attributional styles (Goodman, Tully, Connell, Hartman, & Huh, 2011).

Scoring instructions are described in Goodman et al. (2011)


The psychometric properties of the instrument are examined and discussed in Goodman and colleagues (2011).



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Other Information: 

Other keywords: depression, child, mother, parent, parenting

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