A Review of the Beck Youth Inventories for Children and Adolescents

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The Beck Youth Inventory Test was developed in 2001 by Judith Beck, Aaron Beck, John Jolly, and Robert Steer. The purpose of this psychological testing tool is a brief self-report to measure the distress in children and adolescents (Flanagan & Henington, 2005). The Beck Youth Inventory includes using five self-administered scales. The five tests include the Beck Depression Inventory, Beck Anxiety Inventory, Beck Anger Inventory, Beck Disruptive Inventory, and the Beck Self-Concept Inventory. These tests can be administered individually or in combination to the youth. The intended population for this test is ages 7-14 years (Flanagan & Henington, 2005). This test is used to assess symptoms of depression, anxiety, anger, disruptive…show more content…
It is used in a variety of settings such as outpatient clinics, education, and medical settings (Beck, 2001). This tool is available to the general public and the cost starts at $45 per inventory test (Flanagan & Henington, 2005). The Beck Youth Inventory is intended for individuals or groups in a variety of settings. This type of assessment can be used in forensic, residential, inpatient, academic, and medical settings (Flanagan & Henington, 2005). It can be used for clinicians to assess treatment goals, identify additional issues for clients, and review service plans in order to better provide services to their clients (Beck, 2001). A standardization of 1,000 individuals was drawn from youth ages 7-18 from the geographic areas in the North, South, Midwest, and West (Flanagan & Henington, 2005). Within the 1,000 sample 400 youth were ages 7-14, and there were 200 adolescents with ages ranging from 15-18 (Flanagan & Henington, 2005). Variables included age, gender, race, and parental education (Flanagan & Henington, 2005). Different sites were sampled from rural, urban, and suburban areas. Also, within those sites, samples included schools, churches, and community centers (Flanagan & Henington, 2005). According to Flanagan & Henington (2005), “…selection criteria for participants included English as the primary language, at least a second grade
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