Purpose of the measure
The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) is one of the most widely used screening instruments for measuring the severity of depression in both adults and adolescents over the age of 13 (McDowell & Newell, 1996). The inventory is composed of items relating to depressive symptoms such as:
- hopelessness and irritability
- cognitions (such as guilt or feelings of being punished)
- physical symptoms (such as fatigue, weight loss, and lack of interest in sex).
The BDI can be used, but is not limited to, persons with stroke.
Author*: Lisa Zeltzer, MSc OT;
Editors: Nicol Korner-Bitensky, PhD OT; Elissa Sitcoff, BA BSc
Evidence reviewed as of before 19-08-2008