Psychological Measure Paper

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Psychological Measure Paper

Nettie Gage

Cindy Delgado-Guzman

Tawny Hoinowski

Jessica Johnston

Amanda Pratt

University of Phoenix

March 15, 2010

Psychological Measure Paper

Pessimism, sense of failure, self-dissatisfaction, guilt, punishment, self-dislike, suicidal ideas, crying, irritability, insomnia, fatigue, and loss of appetite are a few of the symptoms one may feel when suffering from depression. The Beck Depression Inventory was created to assist trained professionals in a mental health care setting to assess, detect, and monitor changes in depressive symptoms. This paper outlines the Beck Depression Inventory and how professionals in the mental health profession use the test to assist those suffering from depression (Advameg, 2010).

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The Becks Depression Inventory was designed to be used by mental health or medical professionals. The Becks Depression Inventory consists of 21 questions, long-form which are used by clinicians and 10 questions, short-form, used by primary care providers (Unknown, 2009).

Meta-analysis is a method used for condensing all the genuine statistics of many various studies pertaining to the same subject. A result from a meta-analysis will show the statistics of a correlation or measure of effect size representing all the subjects of a topic (Yin & Fan, 2009). The content validity (degree in which items are represented on the test that is to be measured) of the BDI because the test was designed by clinicians, using depressive symptoms from patients. "Concurrent validity is seen when a measure occurs consistently among existing standards

The Beck Depression Inventory was designed by a well-known cognitive therapist named Aaron T. Beck. This psychological test has multiple questions designed to measure the depth of depression (, 2009). The test is designed to detect symptoms of depression by asking 21 questions, each with four possible answers. The primary...