Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II)

Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II)


Beck Depression Inventory®-II (BDI®-II) is a brief, criteria-referenced assessment for measuring depression severity.

Beck Depression Inventory®-II (BDI®-II) is a brief, criteria-referenced assessment for measuring depression severity.


Aaron T Beck, Robert A Steer and Gregory K Brown

Age Range:

13 years to 80 years


Individual – 5 minutes

Scoring Option:

Manual scoring or Q-global™ Scoring & Reporting


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Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Marathi, and Malayalam.

The Beck keeps getting better!

You can assess depression with the Beck Depression Inventory®—II (BDI®–II), which is in line with the depression criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—Fourth Edition (DSM–IV). This new edition of the Beck Depression Inventory®, the most widely used instrument for detecting depression, takes just five minutes to complete, has now been translated and is available in Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Marathi, and Malayalam.

New Items
Like its predecessor, the BDI–II consists of 21 items to assess the intensity of depression in clinical and normal patients. Each item is a list of four statements arranged in increasing severity about a particular symptom of depression. These new items bring the BDI–II into alignment with DSM–IV criteria.

Items on the new scale replace items that dealt with symptoms of weight loss, changes in body image, and somatic preoccupation. Another item on the BDI that tapped work difficulty was revised to examine loss of energy. Also, sleep loss and appetite loss items were revised to assess both increases and decreases in sleep and appetite.

Time Frame Increased
Current DSM–IV guidelines require assessing depression symptoms over the preceding two weeks. The time frame for the response set in the new edition was changed from one week to two to comply.

Improved Clinical Sensitivity
After testing original and new items on a large clinical sample (N = 500), test developers compared item-option characteristic curves. The new editions showed improved clinical sensitivity, with the reliability of the BDI–II (Coefficient Alpha = .92) higher than the BDI (Coefficient Alpha = .86).


This test is available on Q-global™ – Pearson’s new web-based platform for scoring and reporting. It’s accessible anytime, from any computer connected to the Internet. Secure and affordable, this system helps you quickly and automatically organize information, generate scores, and produce accurate, comprehensive reports.

Q-global also offers:

  • 24/7 secure, web-based access
  • Portability: Q-global can be used on mobile devices such as a laptop or tablet
  • On-demand, reliable scoring and comprehensive reporting solutions
  • Pricing on a per-report basis

Getting Started with the Q-global Training Series

View these brief training modules about Q-global:

Module 1: Gaining Access to Q-global
Module 2: Signing in and setting up your account
Module 3: Managing sub-accounts
Module 4: How to generate reports

Complete kit:

Includes manual and 25 record forms.
ISBN: 9780158018379

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