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M.A. in School Psychology


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Dihoff, Roberta


Beck Depression Inventory; Crisis intervention (Mental health services)


Educational Psychology


The purpose of this study was to test the effectiveness and validity of the Beck Depression Inventory-7, a seven question multiple choice self report questionnaire that measures the severity of depression in a crisis center setting, in order to lend support to whether or not a patient's self report of symptoms matches a clinical evaluation of their chief complaint, done with the Prime MD Mood Module. The sample consisted of fifty subjects, 23 females and 27 males. All subjects presented to the emergency room an initial chief complaint of depression, suicidal ideation or a suicide attempt. Upon arrival in the crisis center, the patient was given a BDI-7 to fill out. The patient was then evaluated with a full psychiatric interview. The Prime MD was administered during the mental status part of the interview. At a 0.01 level of significance, with a critical value of 9.21, chi squared equaled 24.49. The data strongly supports the hypothesis that the BDI-7 is consistent with the Prime MD Mood Module. The patient's self report of symptoms matched the clinical evaluation of the chief complaint. Therefore, it can be concluded that the BDI-7 is a valid measure in a crisis center setting.