Beck Depression Inventory Term Paper by jlatigue

Beck Depression Inventory
An overview of the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), including its use, administration and validity.
# 149513 | 1,380 words | 9 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 21, 2011 in Psychology (Testing)

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This paper looks at use of the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) as a screening device for depression in alcohol-dependent populations and in weight-loss populations. The paper examines two articles that both advocate the use of this device and also considers the requirements for professionals to be able to administer and score tests given to patients. The paper discusses the validity of the BDI and relates that not only is it valid and reliable, but it has been found to be 90% effective in testing for depression in clinical settings.

Article Analysis
Use of the Beck Depression Inventory
Test Administrators

From the Paper:

"Depression is a mood disorder that causes extreme feelings of despondency, sadness, and can be very difficult to not only diagnose but eradicate. Not only does depression cause emotional symptoms, depression will affect physical health including, coronary health and weight gain (Dalrymple, 2011). Knowing if a patient has depression can assist health care professionals in the treatment of other possible ailments. The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) is the most widely used instrument in screening depression (Dalrymple). A recent study in Psychological Reports, has linked coronary health and weight loss to an active lifestyle (Dalrymple). Moreover, the study effectively links psychological health to an active lifestyle, enhanced coronary health, and weight loss (Dalrymple). A group of 348 individuals were divided into a control group and an intervention group (Dalrymple). At the end of six months, the intervention group showed weight loss; evident by the lower Body Mass Index scores (Dalrymple). The primary mental health in the intervention group was similar at the beginning of the study; however, by the end of the six months the intervention group's mental health surpassed that of the control groups (Dalrymple). The decreased Body Mass Index scores in the intervention group were extensively interrelated with the scores from the intervention group's BDI scores (Dalrymple)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beck, Aaron T., Steer, Robert A., & Brown Gregory K. (1996). Beck Depression Inventory-II.
  • Retrieved from EBSCO host: d#db=loh&AN=14122148
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). An estimated 1 in 10 U.S. adults report depression. Retrieved from
  • Dalrymple, J. (2011, September 19). Study by local academics links weight with mental health. Daily Herald, p. 1.
  • Encylopedia of Mental Disorders. (2011). Retrieved from

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