Role of Tests and Measurement Research Proposal
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1). One potential criticism of the MMPI-2 is that although it is only supposed to be scored by a trained professional, the multiple choice "objective" format can lead to cursory diagnosis and analysis.
While the MMPI-2 is used on many different types of patients, the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) "is a series of questions developed to measure the intensity, severity, and depth of depression in patients with psychiatric diagnoses" (BDI, 2009). It is specific to a singular category of diagnosis (depressive illnesses) and is only use on patients with psychological disorders. It consists of 21 questions or items, each with four possible responses on the
subjects of depressed mood, pessimism, sense of failure, feelings of dissatisfaction, guilt, desire for self-punishment, self-dislike or self-hared, self-blame, suicidal ideation, frequency of crying, feelings of irritability, social withdrawal, distorted body image, work difficulties, insomnia, fatigue, appetite, weight changes, bodily preoccupation, and sexual desire (BDI, 2009). However, like the MMPI-2, it is also open to the criticism that it merely evaluates the patient's state of mental illness or health, not the specific reasons why the patient is suffering his or her difficulties.
The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). (2009). Mind disorders.
Retrieved November 19, 2009 at http://www.minddisorders.com/a-Br/Beck-Depression-Inventory.html
Wagner, Kendra Van. (2009). MMPI-2. About.com. Retrieved November 19, 2009 at http://psychology.about.com/od/psychologicaltesting/a/mmpi.htm
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