Readability of self-report depression inventories

David J. Berndt*, Steven Schwartz, Charles F. Kaiser

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    Reading grade levels were obtained for 10 depression scales (e.g., Beck Depression Inventory) using 2 empirically based readability formulae, one by R. Gunning (1952) and the other by R. F. Flesch (1949). Results suggest that most of the scales are appropriate for use with both adolescents and adult patients who have attained 9th-grade-level reading skills. The limitations of empirical estimates of readability are discussed, and it is noted that comprehension could be influenced by contextual variables such as scale format. (13 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)627-628
    Number of pages2
    JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 1983


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