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Beck's Suicide Scale

Give the APA reference of an article that utilize the Beck's Suicide Scale assessment instrument to complete the following information.

I. Purpose and Nature of the Instrument
A. Stated purpose
B. Description of test, items, and scoring
C. Use in counseling

II. Technical Considerations

A. Normative sample
B. Reliability
C. Validity
D. Generalizability

III Practical Evaluation
A. Qualifications of examiners
B. Scoring provisions

IV. Evaluation
A. Comments of reviewers
B. General Evaluation

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*Give the APA reference of an article that utilizes the Beck's Suicide Scale assessment instrument to complete the following information.

I. Purpose and Nature of the Instrument

A. Stated purpose
The stated purpose was to estimate the validity of the BDI II (Beck, Silver & Brown, 1996) for a sample of adolescent psychiatric patients.

B. Description of test, items, and scoring

The BDI-II (Beck et al., 1996) addresses systems of depression severity yielding total scores by severity ratings (0 to 63) for 21 items. In this study, expert raters were asked to identify those items on the scale that were appropriate for adolescents. Three items of the amended were rewritten, and four other Items (11, l4, 15 and 19) were replaced as few new items 9, 11 14, 15, 1nd 19) to reflect the Diagnostic and Statistically Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM-IV-TR [APA], 2000) criteria. Four experts listed Items 21 (loss of interest in sex); two experts listed Item 13 (indecisiveness) and Item 19 (Concentration in difficulty; 2 experts listed Item 6 (Punishment feelings) I expert listed Item 3 (past failure); I expert listed Item 2; 1 expert listed Item 2 (Self-decisiveness and Item 8 (self-criticalness.

Additionally all five experts indicated "yes" and I Indicated "no" and two indicated "not sure" to the following question: "Do the BDI answer all the essential symptoms in adolescents who are clinically diagnosed with major Depressive Disorder? A majority indicated (M=.40) that BDI-II items scores was very useful to the assessment of the severity of major depressive Disorder symptoms for adolescents." (p. 122).

II Technical Considerations

A. Normative sample

The BDI-II was evaluated (Dozois, Dobson and Ahnberg, 1998) and compared with the original BDI (Beck, Ward, Mendelson, Erbaugh, 1961) using data from an ...

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This solution provides a discussion and application of the Beck's Suicidal Scale.

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