Beck Youth Inventory

By: Judith S. Beck, PhD & Aaron T. Beck, MD, with John B. Jolly, Psy.D.
Measures depression, anxiety, anger, disruptive behavior and self concept in children and adolescents.

Test profile:
  • Age Range: 7-18 years.
  • Items: 20.
  • Type: Self report.
  • Scales: Items: 100 total, 20 in each of 5 areas.
Publisher's statement
Now assess your clients to age 18 assuring confidence in your clinical decision making, while helping you plan effective intervention. The new Beck Youth Inventories-Second Edition for Children and Adolescents are designed for children and adolescents ages 7 through 18 years.  The five inventories each contain 20 questions about thoughts, feelings, and behaviors associated with emotional and social impairment in youth. Children and adolescents describe how frequently the statement has been true for them during the past two weeks, including today. The instruments measure the child's or adolescent's emotional and social impairment in five specific areas:

Depression Inventory: In line with the depression criteria of the DSM- IV, this inventory allows for early identification of symptoms of depression. It includes items related to a child's or adolescent's negative thoughts about self, life and the future, feelings of sadness and guilt, and sleep disturbance.
Anxiety Inventory: Reflects children's and adolescents' specific worries about school performance, the future, negative reactions of others, fears including loss of control, and physiological symptoms associated with anxiety.
Anger Inventory: Evaluates a child's or adolescent's thoughts of being treated unfairly by others, feelings of anger and hatred.
Disruptive Behavior Inventory: Identifies thoughts and behaviors associated with conduct disorder and oppositional-defiant behavior.
Self-Concept Inventory: Taps cognitions of competence, potency, and positive self-worth.

Report includes a bar graph showing total area score, along with a graph showing raw score, T score and percentile rank compared with the normative sample. Interpretation of the total area score is presented. Critical items are listed for review. Finally, a section on validity summarizes missing data and lists responses on each of the items. Uses mean substitution for missing data, up to limits prescribed by the authors.

* Depression in adults assessed with Beck Depression Inventory-II.

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