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Are the results of the Beck Depression Inventory reliable?

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The Beck Depression Inventory is highly reliable in identifying and assessing depressive symptoms, according to the Medical University of South Carolina and a study published by the National Institutes of Health. The BDI has been used for 35 years, it is internally consistent, and its validity has been established.

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The BDI was revised to the BDI-II in 1996 to address Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders depression criteria, according to the study. The BDI-II was translated into German and evaluated in a series of clinical and non-clinical studies. The German BDI-II demonstrated good reliability and validity and replaced the older version of the BDI.

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