Beck’s Depression Inventory PDF - Overview
Beck’s Depression Inventory (BDI) is a 21-item, self-report rating inventory that measures characteristic attitudes and symptoms of depression. The BDI has been developed in different forms, including several computerized forms, a card form, the 13-item short form and the more recent BDI-II by Beck, Steer & Brown, 1996. The BDI takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, although clients require a fifth – sixth grade reading level to adequately understand the questions.
The BDI has been widely used as an assessment instrument in gauging the intensity of depression in patients who meet clinical diagnostic criteria for depressive syndromes.
Beck’s Depression Inventory
Interpreting The Beck’s Depression Inventory
When you completed the questionnaire, add up the score for each of the twenty-one questions by counting the number to the right of each question you marked. The highest possible total for the whole test would be sixty-three. This would mean you circled number three on all
twenty-one questions. Since the lowest possible score for each question is zero, the lowest possible score for the test would be zero. This would mean you circles zero on each question.
You can evaluate your depression according to the Table below.
Total Score Levels of Depression
- 1-10___These ups and downs are considered normal
- 11-16__Mild mood disturbance
- 17-20__Borderline clinical depression
- 21-30__Moderate depression
- 31-40__Severe depression
- over 40____Extreme depression
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