BDI-2: A Case Study

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5.What is the purpose and recommended use of the measure? The BDI-II is a self-report questionnaire that measures the severity of depression with 21 items (Bringmann, Lemmens, Huibers, Borsboom & Tuerlinckx, 2015). The highest score that can occur on this measure is 63 (highest severity of depressive symptoms), and the lowest score that can be achieved is 0. The items were designed to identify symptoms of depression as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth edition (Strunk & Lane, 2016).

6.For what age, gender, or other groups was the measure designed? The Beck’s Depression Inventory is applicable for those ages 13 and older. The measure can be used with a variety of populations and has been translated into several languages such as:
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This could potentially be an issue since these are not regulated and may not be interpreted correctly from the original.

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a) What areas/constructs are measured?
There are many areas surveyed in the inventory ranging from how the individual feels about themself, social interactions, physical health and appearance, outlook on present and future as well as sleep patterns. In total, there are 21 questions and each measures a different aspect of the client’s life or wellbeing. The overall area that is being measured in this inventory is severity of depression ranging from minimal depression to severe depression.

b) How are they defined? Are they adequately defined? If not, in what ways are the definitions inadequate?
Each question that an individual answers has rather specific definitions in order to describe how that individual is feeling. One such example is of a question, (0) I do not feel like a failure. (1) I feel I have failed more than the average person.(2) As I look back on my life, all I can see is a lot of failures. (3) I feel I am a complete failure as a person. It continues this specificity throughout the rest of the inventory making it adequately

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