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ERIC Number: EJ775271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0167
Criterion Validity, Severity Cut Scores, and Test-Retest Reliability of the Beck Depression Inventory-II in a University Counseling Center Sample
Sprinkle, Stephen D.; Lurie, Daphne; Insko, Stephanie L.; Atkinson, George; Jones, George L.; Logan, Arthur R.; Bissada, Nancy N.
Journal of Counseling Psychology, v49 n3 p381-385 Jul 2002
The criterion validity of the Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II; A. T. Beck, R. A. Steer, & G. K. Brown, 1996) was investigated by pairing blind BDI-II administrations with the major depressive episode portion of the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Disorders (SCID-I; M. B. First, R. L. Spitzer, M. Gibbon, & J. B. W. Williams, 1997) in a sample of 137 students receiving treatment at a university counseling center. Student BDI-II scores correlated strongly (r=0.83) with their number of SCID-I depressed mood symptoms. A BDI-II cut score of 16 yielded a sensitivity rate of 84% and a false-positive rate of 18% in identifying depressed mood. Receiver operating characteristic analyses were used to produce cut scores for determining severity of depressed mood. In a second study, a sample of 46 student clients were administered the BDI-II twice, yielding test-retest reliability of 0.96.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Beck Depression Inventory