Purpose Of The Beck Depression Inventory ( BDI )

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Test Purpose
The Beck Depression Inventory is a self-administered test, administered in a group setting or individually, that measures the severity of depression symptoms and attitudes of depression (pg 1 of manual). The revised Beck Depression Inventory was specifically designed to assess the severity of depression in clinically diagnosed patients. However, the revised Beck Depression Inventory was not specifically developed to be used as a screening instrument in normal populations or to reflect any specific theory of depression. Although the BDI is oftentimes used for screening in normal populations, it should be used with caution because high BDI scores do not necessarily indicated depression. This provides an indication of the level of intensity a patient’s depression is for the past week including the day of administration for clinicians.
General Description
The original version of the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) was published in 1961, which relied on negative cognitive distortions. The original BDI was not meant to be reflective of any specific theory of depression. The Beck Depression Inventory was derived from descriptions of symptoms from depressed psychiatric patients and non-depressed psychiatric patients as well as clinical observations. Beginning in 1971, Beck and associates at the Center for Cognitive Therapy began to modify the original BDI. The final revised BDI was published in 1978. The BDI had a second revision, the most current edition, that was
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