|Target audience||Adults & Adolescents|
|Application||The Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) is a 21-item scale that measures the severity of anxiety in adults and adolescents. The BAI was constructed to measure symptoms of anxiety which are minimally shared with those of depression.|
|Composition||Each item of the Beck Anxiety Inventory is rated on a 4-point scale of distress (0-3), in terms of severity. The scale follows the following correspondence:|
• “Not at all” (0)
• “Mildly; it did not bother me much” (1)
• “Moderately; it was very unpleasant but I could stand it” (2)
• “Severely; I could barely stand it” (3).
|Scoring||The instrument can classify four different levels of anxiety|
• Minimal anxiety
• Mild anxiety
• Moderate anxiety
• Severe anxiety
|General||The BAI has been rated to be a sufficient reliable, sensitive, and valid questionnaire. Note that because the BAI was developed with adult psychiatric outpatients, it should be used cautiously with other clinical populations.|
Back, A.T., Steer, R.A., (1987) Beck Anxiety Inventory. Manual. Administration, Scoring, and Procedures Manual. Bloomington: PsychCorp.
© 1990, 1987 Aaron T. Beck. All rights reserved.