Analysis Of Beck Depression Inventory, Second Edition ( Bdi II )

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Some of the items can be answered briefly. However, most require a lengthier response, using the principles and considerations in evaluating tests that have been discussed in your text and in class.
1. Title of test: Beck Depression Inventory - Second Edition (BDI-II)
2. Author(s): Aaron T. Beck, Robert A. Steer, & Gregory K. Brown
3. Publisher: The psychological corporation
4. Date of publication: 1996
5. Grade or age levels covered: This measure can be administered to individuals ages 13 years and older (Beck, Steer, & Brown, 1996).
6. Purpose of test or measure. Describe what the test is intended to measure and give your critical analysis of the tests ability to measure the intended construct(s):
The BDI-II is a 21-item self-report instrument measuring the severity of depression (e.g. looking at symptoms of depression) in adults and adolescents (Beck, et al., 1996).
7. a) How are the scores reported? b) What kind of scores does the instrument yield?
The scores are based on a self-reporting scale (e.g. questionnaire) and are consistent with the DSM-IV criteria for major depression. For this test each item uses a 4-point scale of severity ranging from 0 to 3 (Beck, et al., 1996). Once all questions are answered the publishers have created a cut score guideline to use. The qualifiers are minimal (0-13), mild (14-19), moderate (20-28), and severe (29-63). Again, the terminology was taken from the DSM -IV criteria for major depression and each symptom is looked at based on…
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