Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI)

By: Aaron T. Beck, MD
Measures anxiety symptoms in teens and adults.

Test profile:
  • Age Range: 13-80 years.
  • Items: 21.
  • Type: Self report.
  • Scales: Total anxiety score, plus breakdown into neurophysiological, subjective, panic and autonomic aspects.  Focuses on aspects of anxiety that are not overlapping with depressive features.
Publisher's statement
Screen for anxiety with the Beck Anxiety Inventory® (BAI®). Patients respond to 21 items rated on a scale from 0 to 3. Each item is descriptive of subjective, somatic, or panic-related symptoms of anxiety.
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BAI has been found to discriminate well between anxious and nonanxious diagnostic groups in a variety of clinical populations. Clinical validity data are reported on samples of patients who were diagnosed as having panic disorder with agoraphobia, panic disorder without agoraphobia, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and generalized anxiety.

Report includes bar graphs showing total anxiety score and number of anxiety symptoms rated moderate or severe. Interpretations of total anxiety and anxiety clusters are presented. Critical items are listed for review. Finally a section on validity summarizes missing data and lists responses on each of the BAI items.

* Anxiety in youth & children assessed with Beck Youth Inventory.

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