Beck Depression Inventory (BDI)

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Perhaps the most famous and successful therapy self-report instrument ever. Started with the paper Beck, A. T., Ward, C. H., Mendelson, M., Mock, J., & Erbaugh, J. (1961). An inventory for measuring depression. Archives of General Psychiatry, 4, 561–571. about the first 21 item version of the measure. Relatively unusually for a much used measure, the BDI has had two versions historically and the BDI-I has been superseded by the BDI-II, still a 21 item measure. See Beck, A. T., Steer, R. A., Ball, R., & Ranieri, W. F. (1996). Comparison of Beck Depression Inventories-IA and-II in Psychiatric Outpatients. Journal of Personality Assessment, 67(3), 588–597. Like its sibling measure, the BAI, the BDI is a commercial measure owned by Pearson, see here.

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