Evaluating the Beck Anxiety Inventory

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Evaluating the Beck Anxiety Inventory The Beck Anxiety Inventory is a 21-item scale that measures the severity of self-reported anxiety in adults and adolescents. The inventory was created by Aaron T. Beck and his colleague, Robert A. Steer, at the Center for Cognitive Therapy, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. The most recent edition was published in 1993 by The Psychological Corporation, Harcourt Brace & Company in San Antonio, TX. The first edition was published in 1988. The 1993 edition recommends different scoring guidelines than previous editions. There is only one form and one manual as part of the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI). To purchase the BAI in 2010, the manual and 25 scoring sheets would cost $110.00. This information is from the Pearson Assessments website. The design of the manual is very user friendly. It is divided into subjects with headings. The editorial quality of the content is professional and academic. The manual would be a quick read for someone knowledgeable about testing as it is 23 pages long. The manual in the Ward E. Barnes Library was in good condition, but appeared to be old as the newest version was printed in 1993. The face validity of the manual and scoring sheet is pleasant. They appear professional and not too academic. Reporting anxiety was the only purpose for the inventory listed in the manual. The BAI consists of 21 descriptive statements of anxiety symptoms. The test taker indicates how often the symptoms have occurred within the last week. The scoring sheet has four columns which are rated on a 4-point scale with the following correspondence: Not at all = 0, Mildly = 1, Moderately = 2, Severely = 3. The test taker marks the appropriate colum... ... middle of paper ... ...h the inventory is very easy to use and is self explanatory, it’s seems important to evaluate when and why the test is being used with the client and how the results are going to benefit the client. Because the assessment is a self-report assessment, it’s so crucial to help the client understand how important an honest evaluation of their symptoms is to an accurate score. Overall though, I thought the BAI was well laid out and professional. When used in the right setting with the appropriate client, this inventory could be very useful to someone suffering from anxiety. It could be a great way to help create hope in a client. They could take the inventory once a month during treatment to see how they are progressing. I enjoyed evaluating this inventory because it painted a clear picture of how validity and reliability are so crucial when creating an assessment.

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