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NDACAN Measure Details

Brief Symptom Inventory


The BSI is a self-report inventory that assesses psychological distress and psychiatric disorders in people age 13 and older across nine subscales: (1) somatization, (2) obsessive-compulsive, (3) interpersonal sensitivity, (4) depression, (5) anxiety, (6) hostility, (7) phobic anxiety, (8) paranoid ideation, and (9) psychoticism. The evaluation used the subscale, depression, and the mean score as an index of global mental health to measure parental (or caregiver) mental health, with higher scores indicating the presence of more symptoms.


Derogatis, L. R. (1975). Brief Symptom Inventory. Baltimore, MD: Clinical Psychometric Research.

Derogatis, L.R. (1993). BSI brief symptom inventory: Administration, scoring, and procedures manual (4th ed.). Pearson Education, Inc. Retrieved from: