Beck Depression Inventory

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Beck Depression Inventory


Beck Depression Inventory


The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) is a widely used and effective measure of depression. It can be used by a variety of people but is generally used in a clinical setting to assess patients that may be suffering from depression (Lange A, 2007). This test can also create options when it comes to specific disorders and the treatment plans that will be most effective for the suffering individual. The BDI is made up of only 21 questions but had been relied on to define depression (Mash J& Barkley A, 2007).


Article 1

The Becks Depression Inventory was designed to be used by mental health or medical professionals. The Becks Depression Inventory consists of 21 questions, long-form which is used by clinicians and 10 questions, short-form, used by primary care providers. Meta-analysis is a method used for condensing all the genuine statistics of many various studies pertaining to the same subject.

A result from a meta-analysis will show the statistics of a correlation or measure of effect size representing all the subjects of a topic. The content validity (degree in which items are represented on the test that is to be measured) of the BDI because the test was designed by clinicians, using depressive symptoms from patients.

Article 2

The Beck Depression Inventory was designed by a well-known cognitive therapist named Aaron T. Beck. This psychological test has multiple questions designed to measure the depth of depression. The test is designed to detect symptoms of depression by asking 21 questions, each with four possible answers. The primary purpose of the Beck Depression Inventory test is to observe the changes in symptoms of depression by a health care physician. According to the Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders, "Individual...