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Beck Depression Inventory-II

  1. David J. A. Dozois

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0113

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Dozois, D. J. A. 2010. Beck Depression Inventory-II. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. University of Western Ontario

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II) is a 21-item self-administered inventory designed to measure the intensity of depressive symptoms in adults and adolescents (Beck, Steer, & Brown, 1996). Respondents are instructed to indicate which statement best describes how they felt during the past two weeks including today. Items are rated on a 4-point (0 to 3) scale, with total scores obtained by summing the ratings for all items. Scores ranging between 0 and 13 are indicative of minimal depression; scores that fall between 14 and 19 are considered to reflect a mild level of depression; scores of 20 to 28 are considered moderate; and a score ranging from 29 to 63 is labeled severe. The BDI-II requires approximately 5–10 minutes to complete and is appropriate for individuals 13 to 80 years of age.


  • depression;
  • assessment;
  • Beck depression inventory